Women’s interfaith group meets with government official ahead of report
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Women’s interfaith group meets with government official ahead of report

Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Jewish members met with the the Faith Engagement Advisor Colin Bloom this week

Screenshot of the women's faith meeting  with Colin Bloom
Screenshot of the women's faith meeting with Colin Bloom

A new women’s interfaith group have met with the government officials to contribute to a new report on engagement with faith groups.

The Women’s Faith Forum, which includes Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Jewish members, met with Colin Bloom, the Faith Engagement Advisor at the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, to offer opinions on how government can better engage with faith groups.

Issues raised in the meeting included lack of female faith-based representation in government policy and decision making, the difficulties faith groups have faced during the pandemic and the exclusion of faith from the Diversity and Inclusion agenda.

Jewish convenor and chair of the Forum Laura Marks commented: “Not only do we need to hear more women’s voices, we also need to understand their vital contribution to the work, thinking and very soul of the faith communities. We were delighted to be able to feed directly into this important review.”

The independent Faith Engagement Review was established in 2019 to help the government better understand how those of faith, or of none, deem the government’s engagement with faith communities. The recommendations established in the findings will be presented to the Communities Secretary.

Bloom said: “I’m so grateful to the Women’s Faith Forum for the really in-depth contribution it has made to the evidence gathering for my review…. spending time with such a powerful group of women from diverse faith groups has been enormously insightful.”

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...

Engaging

Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.

Celebrating

There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.

Pioneering

In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.

Campaigning

Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more:
comments