Religious Arbitration and Women’s Rights

SBS invites you to a public meeting to discuss the role of religious-based arbitration and mediation forums such as Sharia councils as alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to govern private and family matters. Our concern is that religious arbitration forums are gaining power and significance as parallel legal system in which women are treated unfairly, especially in relation to divorce, maintenance, custody over children, inheritance and property matters.

Do you need help?

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, Southall Black Sisters can help with practical help and advice.

Our holistic service aims to help women and children escape violence and abuse (including forced marriage and honour crimes) and deal with a range of inter related problems.

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About SBS

Southall Black Sisters is a not-for-profit organisation set up in 1979 to meet the needs of black (Asian and African-Caribbean) and minority ethnic women.

For more than three decades we have been at the forefront of challenging domestic and gender violence locally and nationally.

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How to Support SBS

At SBS, we strive to provide a safe environment for women trapped in abusive relationships or at risk of violence and abuse.

Our aim is to enable women to take decisions over their lives without fear and repercussions.

We urgently need your help to continue our important life-saving and pioneering work.

Please support us.

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Outreach Services

SBS will be working with other community and voluntary sector organisations to deliver a series of Outreach Services:

Family Law Surgeries
Shelter Housing Advice Surgeries
Immigration Advice Surgeries
Hounslow & Hillingdon Domestic Violence Outreach Surgeries

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SBS provides a range of advice and support services to enable black and minority women to gain the knowledge and confidence they need to assert their human rights. We provide general and specialist advice on gender-related issues such as domestic violence, sexual violence, forced marriage, honour killings and their intersection with the criminal justice, immigration and asylum systems, health, welfare rights, homelessness and poverty.

Our advice and advocacy work is also supported by a range of other support activities to help women overcome their isolation and build their self esteem and skills.

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Changing Hearts and Minds

Preventing Violence against Black and Minority Ethnic Women and Girls – An Education Pack

A unique, free education resource pack written by SBS specifically for teachers to undertake prevention work on violence against black and minority ethnic (BME) women and girls. It provides specialist understanding and awareness raising of the key issues that affect BME women and girls experiencing violence and abuse, and how teachers can prevent, protect and support young people who may be affected or vulnerable to such forms of abuse.

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SBS Reports

Reports, Education Resources based on SBS’s on going work with users of the centre, which are available to download below plus other archived reports.

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Our campaigns are an essential component of our work and stem directly out of the daily experiences of the women who use our services. Our campaigns either focus on the circumstances and issues involved in a particular case or highlight broader issues of public interest in respect of justice and equality.

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SBS Store

You can now purchase our much celebrated publications to films examining the work of SBS.

SBS Store