Manchester organisation challenges negative stereotype of Muslim women

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Organisations aiming to tackle the negative stereotypes surrounding Muslim women have launched an awards ceremony which will celebrate achievements and highlight success stories.

Manchester-based Human Appeal International (HAI) has teamed up with the Muslim Women’s Network UK (MWNUK) to highlight the success stories of women from Muslim backgrounds by organising the region's first ever Muslim Women’s Contribution Awards.

Yasmin Gill, fundraiser at HAI and founder of its Women2Women programme, said the ceremony, which takes place on June 1st at the Sheridan Suite, Manchester, would highlight the active role of Muslim women in today’s struggle for social change, cohesion and development.

She said,

"We are really excited to showcase the hidden talent from within our communities. These remarkable women are truly inspirational and act as much needed role models for the younger generation."

Faeeza Vaid, the executive director of MWNUK, added,

"We are at a privileged vantage through our network to see the fantastic individuals and organisations who contribute their skills to diverse fields throughout the UK. These awards are a fantastic way to really raise their profiles and celebrate their achievements."

Awards will be given in nine categories, including community activism, contribution to business and entrepreneurship and also a lifetime achievement award.

Deadline for nominations is April 20 and can be made at www.mwca.org.uk. The shortlist will be announced on May 11.

For more information and to book ticket(s) contact Yasmin on 0161 225 0225 or email yasmin.gill@humanappeal.org.uk

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