Muslim Council of Britain 20th Annual General Meeting 2017

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The MCB's Twentieth Annual General Meeting and Convention is open to guests and observers who have registered for the event. Lunch will be provided. The AGM programme includes reports from office bearers, presentations and workshops. The AGM includes an Eid Reception attended by well-wishers of the MCB from civil society and interfaith networks.

The venue has wheelchair access to the conference hall on the first floor.

Guest Speakers

Wadah Khanfar

Wadah started his career with Al Jazeera in 1997 covering some of the world's key political zones. He became Managing Director of the Al Jazeera Channel in 2003 and General Director of the Al Jazeera Network in 2006. During his tenure Al Jazeera went from a single channel to a media network with multiple properties including the Internet and specialty TV channels as well as Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center, the Al Jazeera Center for Studies and Al Jazeera Mobile. He has addressed leading political and media think tanks including the Middle East Institute, New America Foundation, Council on Foreign Relations, and George Washington University. He resigned from his position as General Director of Al Jazeera in September 2011, shortly before joining the Al Sharq Forum, an independent research, policy development and leadership networking forum. He is a board member of the International Crisis Group and Global Editors Network (GEN). Wadah Khanfar has been named as one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 global thinkers of 2011 as well as one of Fast Company's 'Most Creative People in Business' of the year.

Shaykh Ramadan Yaqoob

As the Grand Mufti of the Muslim community of Lithuania, Shaikh Ramadan Yaqoob provides pastoral care to a Tatar heritage population with a 600-year old history of settlement. He will share his perspectives of how Lithuanian Muslim society has changed in recent times, and draw parallels with the situation in other parts of Europe.

Workshop profiles

Workshop 1: Fostering & Unaccompanied Asylum children

  • MCB seeks to facilitate a discussion of practitioners well-familiar with this social reality, in order to

  • Create awareness of the scale of the issue and the challenges the community faces

  • Develop understanding of legal safe passages to support getting unaccompanied asylum seeking children from camps in France, Italy and Greece

  • Build knowledge and confidence among community leaders

  • Build peer lead networks in local communities to support foster carers both Muslim and non-Muslim, most especially during times of heightened faith sensitivity to build belonging such as Ramadan and the Islamic festivals of Eid

Workshop 2: Mosques in Britain: Challenges & Opportunities

This workshop will explore themes and best practice case studies for a one-day conference MCB is planning to host in January 2018 entitled "Mosques in Britain: Challenges & Opportunities". The workshop will cover:

  • Youth services in mosques - offering a 'safe space' for young people

  • Access for female worshippers - Where are we going wrong?

  • Mosque heritage and local history projects

  • Volunteers: Recruiting and Retaining

Workshop 3: Muslim community coordination in the West Midlands

This workshop will aim to better understand the civil society landscape in terms of key institutions and individuals in the region; carry out a relationship analysis and identify key alliance building priorities which can build upon the strengths and address challenges. Participants will community organisers, civic and community leadership in the West Midlands and MCB affiliates based within, or with an interest in, the region.

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