Girls and Women Support
As a women-led organisation, Mojatu Foundation’s core work is to end violence against girls and women and in supporting those experiencing or at risk of gender-based violence and female genital mutilation. Working with mainly migrant African girls and women, we provide advocacy, training, engagement, support, and signposting them to access services. We work with our partners, statutory bodies, health and social services, legal and law enforcement agencies, education institutions, third-sector organisations and communities in ensuring these women and girls are supported.
These 1-2-hour weekly sports and activities which take place every Saturday include a variety of physical and breathing exercises that are fun and help bring the women together to keep fit and have fun. Due to Covid-19 lockdown and social distancing requirements, these are currently taking place virtually on zoom.
Our weekly yoga sessions are aimed at tackling loneliness and helping the women and girls to reduce anxiety, sleep, and cope better with pressures of life and gain a stronger body and mind. The session leader guides the women through yoga postures to help them feel refreshed, renewed and feeling strong. They are suitable for beginners as well as more experienced attendees. These are now offered online due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Women’s Zumba sessions
Our fun and confidence building Zumba sessions offer a combination of movements including belly-dancing, hip-hop, mambo, salsa, and samba. These aerobic workout sessions provide exercise through rhythmical musical routines and movements that are great fun. These fitness workouts are great for cardiovascular health, improving personal coordination and agility, and provide a great way to meet other fun, like-minded women. Until further notice, these sessions are being provided virtually.
Safe Space For Women
Our monthly meetings, WhatsApp Community FGM Steering Group, FGM survivors group, Bi-weekly virtual meetings and other formal and informal sessions offer women space to discuss and get support, directly from our specialists and programmes or through signposting. These safe spaces help the women to discuss issues they identify or those that have been suggested based on what is happening in the community including mental health, domestic violence and its impact, religion and gender, immigration and family law, intergenerational relationships and life in the UK.
Other Services For Women
We provide other support and services to women including 1-1 counselling and support to female genital mutilation (FGM) survivors their families, training and development of Community, Youth and Religious leaders as community champions and ambassadors, provision of a variety of training programmes including mental health and wellbeing and multiple community engagement, mobilisation and outreach activities. We encourage women and our communities to take an active role in tackling issues affecting them, such as community based and driven end FGM programmes and raising awareness on harmful traditions and practices. We also work with local authorities, universities, health services, charities and other institutions in training professionals and undertaking community-based research.