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Interfaith discussion in East London
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Thursday 25th May 2017

On 11 May, Joanne Greenaway, Get Caseworker at the London Beth Din, took part in a panel discussion at East London Mosque entitled ‘Domestic Abuse and Equality Before the Law’.

The event was organised by the Joseph Interfaith Foundation and aimed to bring the Muslim and Jewish faith communities together to discuss this important issue.

Joanne deals with difficult cases of Jewish divorce. Sadly domestic abuse of varying types often figures in these cases, in addition to the Get refusal which is itself, in many cases, a form of abuse whereby one party wields power over another.

She was joined on the panel by Imam Abdullah Hasan (Imams against domestic violence), Sufia Alam (Women’s representative at the mosque) and Mizan Abdul Rouf, Barrister.

Joanne Greenaway with Sufia Alam 

The event provided a fascinating insight into some unique cultural barriers that exist to dealing with abuse and enabled us to share best practice and the work that the Beth Din and JWA are doing in this area.  Joanne also had a fascinating tour of the mosque which is partially built on the site of the Great Garden Street Synagogue in the heart of the old Jewish East End.