National Muslim Women's Advisory Group

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Shadow Minister (Women), Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what issues have been discussed in her meetings with the National Muslim Women's Advisory Group; and what steps have been taken as a result of these meetings.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The first meeting with the National Muslim Women's Advisory Group was held in November 2007, prior to the launch which was on 31 January 2008. It was an introductory meeting for both the Secretary of State and the advisory group members. This meeting set the context for the group's involvement and identified what key areas and issues the group would be interested to get involved in over the coming year. It was agreed that it was important to ensure that Muslim women received positive media and were engaging with Muslim women from all parts of society. As a result Communities and Local Government has organised media training and will be offering the group leadership training in May 2008.

The second meeting was held in March 2008. This meeting provided the Secretary of State with an update of the challenges and issues faced by the group in their regions. The group also agreed the terms of reference and an operating structure that they would work within. The group identified the priority areas they wanted to work on and are in the process of working up an action plan for 2008-09.

In order for the group to produce a robust and challenging action plan, a facilitated away day has been organised in May 2008. The action plan will set out key objectives that the group will aim to achieve in their first year, details of which will be released in May 2008.

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