_ UK Network member, Jasvinder Sanghera welcomed the Vice-president of the European Parliament, Diana Wallace, to visit her charity for victims of honor crimes, Karma Nirvana. The meeting coincided with the announcement by British Home Secretary, Theresa May of the launch of a 12-week consultation period on whether forced marriages should be criminalized. Diana Wallis offered to provide her own submission to the UK government on the issue. Ms Wallis also discussed the next steps for instigating the debate on criminalizing forced marriages with the European Commission. This would follow a public hearing on criminalizing forced marriages in Europe that was held at the European Parliament last June, at which network members, Jasvinder and Ahmad Mansour testified. Diana Wallis is keen to establish EU-wide rules on marriage, which by definition would exclude forced marriage.
_ UK Network members, Houriya Ahmed and Maqsood Ahmed held their second recruitment meeting in London with half a dozen individuals and organizations. The meeting included a discussion of Muslim radicalization in the UK, particularly in universities.
__ French Network members, Toufik Bouarfa and Farida Belkacem organized a half-day workshop on the different strands of Islam and practices for teachers, community workers and civil servants which took place in Reims with the support of the mayor and the Paris-based Institute for Strategic International Relations. It was entitled "Laïcité, pensée musulmane et pratique religieuse: rencontre avec des acteurs du quotidien" (‘Secularism, Muslim thinking and religious practices: meeting with the daily practioners’.) The keynote speaker was Cherif Ferjani, a professor and Islamic scholar from the University of Lyon. Approximately 115 people attended the workshop.
_ Italian Network member, Ejaz Ahmad organized an academic conference on “Liberal Islam: reformers and reforms of Islamic thought” at the Università la Sapienza in Rome. The conference was hosted senior Professor of Sociology, Maria Immacolata Macioti and was attended by an audience of over 100 people including students, professors, media and NGOs.