Why Brides are Subjected to Horrors Straight Out of the Middle Ages

MEWSo's Executive Director, Halaleh Taheri, features in a major article that appeared in the Mail on Sunday about virginity tests and MEWSo's campaign to have them banned. Read the article in full.

Controversial 'Virginity Tests' Sold By UK Clinics

The BBC identified 21 clinics in the UK offering virginity testing and quotes MEWSo's Executive Director calling for virginity testing and hymenoplasty to be banned but that there must be education, too. "Banning the practise without proper education will only do more harm than good."

We've Won An Award!

MEWSo has won a prestigious Education and Training award from Corporate Vision, a digital platform that supports and guides better business practices.
The award was for Best Women's Empowerment Education & Training NPO (Non-Profit Organisation), London, 2020.

Safe & Legal Routes Are A Must For Refugees

MEWSo is one of 100 organisations demanding safe and legal routes for people crossing the channel in dangerous, over crowded boats. The demand, in a letter, has been sent to the Home Secretary Priti Patel. 

As people seeking protection in the UK can only do so once on UK soil, it forces many to take life-threatening risks. What is needed, say the 100, which includes Windrush survivors, are more compassionate legal means made available so that refugee journeys can be safer. Read the letter in full.

Taboo But the Practise of Polygamy is Still Growing

The taboo practise of polygamy was the latest subject of blog (maga)zine, The Rising Womxn. Interviewing Executive Director Halaleh Taheri about MEWSo's Polygamy Matters campaign, writer Emily Stephens explores the very real dangers to women in polygamous relationships, to the point where many women are not told they're entering a polygamous marriage, they only find out once they're stuck in it.

A Stitch Too Far

Continuing to spread the word about MEWSo's anti hymenoplasty campaign, Hymenoplasty Matters, read Halaleh Taheri's latest interview with online (maga)zine, Dazed Beauty, discussing the pain and politics of restitching the hymen.

But calls to ban virginity repair surgery could put women's health ini danger, Halaleh told BBC News, and relaid by news outlets around the world. Such as the Daily Observer, the online health news website MyHealthyClick, the St Lucia Times, the Daily Sun, and, surprisingly, Yahoo Movies

Clore Social Leadership

As part of a series of articles looking at the different aspects of leadership in the women and girls sector, journalist Maddy Costa interviews MEWSo's Halaleh Taheri about the charity's response to the Covid 19 pandemic.

How MEWSo Support Clients During Lockdown

The BME Health Forum's recent interview with MEWSo's Halaleh Taheri about the charity's success in offering services and support to its clients at the beginning of the pandemic.

Fighting for LBTQ+ Women

Read the interview of Haleleh Taheri by Islington Giving talking about MEWSo's campaign to fight LBTQ+ discrimination, protect women's human rights and empower LBTQ+ women to get out into the sun and lead full and meaningful lives. 

A report from HealthWatch Central West London, in partnership with the BME Health Forum, looking into health services catering to Black and Ethnic Minority (BAME) communities.


After the Government set out its the Domestic Abuse Bill, the campaign Step Up Migrant Women, of which MEWSo is a signatory, wrote to the Secretary of State asking for more protection for migrant women. View the full letter, and reports by Amnesty International, the Women's Budget Group, and Women's Grid.

Just Get On & Do It

IMKAAN, of which MEWSo is a member, sent an open letter to the Equalities & Human Rights Commission urging the Government: no more commissions on racial inequality, no more time wasting, no more delays. Just work with communities to develop an action plan addressing institutional, structural and systematic racism in our society and put it into action. 

In Defence of Equality in Birmingham Schools

Following organised opposition to inclusive relationship and sex lessons by religious fundamentalists and right-wing groups, the under-signed of an open letter, which includes MEWSo, called on everyone to add their voice to demand an education curriculum that is based on acceptance, equality and humanity, and urged the Government to defend, without reservation, the right of schools to teach an inclusive curriculum.

Polygamy Matters Campaign

Polygamy happens among some of the most hard to reach women with many of them ashamed to talk about it. So in partnership with Greenwich University, MEWSo carried out research to help better detect the signs of polygamy, the problems it causes and how best to help, and in the process collected modern-day tales of the practise.

Period Poverty
Around the world, including here in the

UK, poverty, misconceptions and cultural

traditions continue to harm women and

girls when it comes to their periods.


Many can't afford to buy sanitary wear,

have no access to private, safe, and clean

toilets, and age-old superstition, stigma

and religious dogma about menstruation

make women and girls feel shame.

We are lending our support to Yoppie who is sharing an educational guide about period poverty, understanding the myths and taboos around menstruation, and ways to address, educate, and empower girls and women against period poverty. Find out more and what you can do to help the fight.

Full Report

Islington Clinical Commissioning Group Research Report

In partnership with Holloway Neighbourhood Group and the Turkish, Kurdish & Cypriot Women's Welfare Group, MEWSo conducted a research project, funded by the Islington Clinical Commissioning Group. The report below presents the findings of the community research project aimed at understanding local communities' experiences and views of health services in Islington.

Islington Council’s

Community Chest

Since 2009, Islington Council has worked in partnership with Cripplegate Foundation to support Islington's voluntary organisations with flexicible, impactful funding & advice. Some 577 Community Chest grants of almost £1.5 million have been awarded to a diverse range of small community organisations including us!

Community Chest's review of MEWSo

One Million Stories, Molouk Vakili 

London Sport's Article – One Million Stories

London Sport's vision is to make London the most physically active city in the world #MostActiveCity. MEWSo has hugely benefited from the funding and support that London Sport has given us. Here is one of the stories of a MEWSo service user whose life has been changed by MEWSo exercise classes delivered through London Sport funding.

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