The right to say NO

Every woman in the UK has the indisputable right to say no when it comes to her own body. There is no grey area when it comes to sexual consent, which is why this workshop places the right to say no within the context of Islam, and universal human rights. We tackle the most critical issues that concern women’s bodies and their choices on all levels and at all stages of life.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been at the forefront of issues affecting women across the world for many years. The physical and psychological effects of FGM on women are unsurmountable and the true extent of the crime of FGM in the UK is almost unknown because of its secretive nature.

We also want women to learn about forced marriage. While arranged marriage is part of some cultures, forced marriage is an infringement on human rights. In some cases, even an arranged marriage can lead to a forced marriage. We want to put an end to that. No one should be forced to enter into a marriage against their will, and we will show you how to avoid it and how to help others facing the same issue.

Being able to say no to sexual activity is an important part of any relationship. Our workshop also tackles this issue head on. No one has the right to make women go further sexually than they want. You have the right to say no at any point and with whoever. We want all women to know about their right to say no and to teach it to others.

Education is also a basic human right. It can be a huge source of empowerment and freedom and its the opportunities it provides are endless. Education is not just essential for the future of our children, but it can also help adults socially and economically to progress and improve their and their families’ lives. Unfortunately, there are still many within the community who are deprived of this right.

At WARN, we want to change this.

Your right to say no

This workshop also addresses issues such as wearing the hijab and getting married and your position in society. Drawing on empowerment and equality verses from the Qur’an, the opinion that women don’t have the right to say no will be challenged, as the Islamic interpretation of a woman’s right to say no is explored alongside the differences between the cultural and religious interpretation of women’s rights.

By exploring case studies highlighting the trauma of forced marriage and comparing Quar’anic verses to what’s enshrined in British human rights, we will further explore the Islamic approach to gender equality.

We will equip you with the vital information needed to spot the signs of abuse. We also provide an alternative narrative and credible argument against extremist ideology, beliefs and doctrine.