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20 June 2016

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15 June 2016

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07 June 2016

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Latin Summer Party – a roof top fundraiser!

For nearly 30 years LAWA has fought to empower migrant, Latin American and BME women so that they can exercise their right to live in dignity and free from violence. LAWA offers a holistic service covering all aspects of recovery by providing advice, advocacy and refuge for women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

You can be part of this great project by inviting your friends to our Latin Summer Party! Come and enjoy our performances and live music. Enjoy the Latin heat (we hope the weather will be good too), good food and musical delights on Dalston Roof Park! Special guests on the night include; Phaxsi Coca, who will be playing traditional music from the Andes; Grupo Talentos, a collective reviving folkloric dances from different regions of Colombia, particularly Cumbia; And, lastly, dance until your feet need a foot stool, with DJ Ursula Parvex and DJ Mamá Calor playing the best of classic Latin rhythms, featuring contemporary twists and grooves, plus much more.

With the purchase of a ticket of £8 you will empower the work LAWA does and help us to continue to save lives.

Want to book a ticket in advance?

Cant Make it but want to donate ? Easy, click on the link to donate directly to LAWA:

This event is supported by Movimientos, Talentos GrupArt and bootstrap.


Por casi 30 años, Lawa  ha dado la lucha para empoderar a mujeres extranjeras de origen latino e hispano para que ejerzan su derecho de vivir una vida digna y libre de violencia, ofreciendo asesoría especial en cuestiones de inmigración, asistencia social, salud mental y emocional a mujeres, niñas y niños que han sufrido violencia doméstica.

Tu puedes ser parte de este gran proyecto asistiendo e invitando a tus amigos a la Latin Summer Party. ¡Ven y diviértete entre performance y música en vivo! Disfruta de un ambiente lleno de música, comida y calor latino en el Dalston Roof Park. Entre nuestros invitados especiales se encuentran: Phaxsi Coca. Ella toca instrumentos tradicionales de los Andes: desde quenas y zamponas, guitarra, charango y tambores tradicionales de los Andes . Grupo Talentos, un colectivo que rescata los bailes folclóricos de diversas regiones de Colombia, en especial la cumbia. Y para bailar hasta que el cuerpo aguante, DJ Ursula Parvex y DJ Mamá Calor tocaran los ritmos latinos clásicos con mezclas contemporáneas y expresiones grooves, pysicodelic beats y demás.

Con la compra de tu boleto de £8 apoyas a la mision de LAWA e al empoderamiento de las mujeres latinas en Reino Unido.

Quieres comprar to boleta en anticipo? Puedes hacer lo aqui:

No puedes venir pero quieres donar a LAWA:

El evento apoyado por Movimientos, Talentos GrupArt and Bootstrap Company.

07 June 2016

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24 Mayo 2016

New Project launch : Women weaving Change (starts 1 July 2016) BLF logo

We are extremely delighted and excited to share the great news: thanks to the generous funding granted by the Big Lottery Fund through its women and girls initiative, the Latin American women’s Aid will be launching “Women weaving Change”, a 5 year project based on the belief that any ordinary person can inspire extraordinary change.

This Project will provide increased provision of holistic, person-centred Domestic Violence support and culturally sensitive counselling for Latin American and other Spanish and Portuguese speaking BME women and girls at risk of gender based violence.

Through the addition of an innovative Change Maker Programme, this project aims to empower survivors to create peer support groups, raise awareness on GBV, rights and entitlements and ultimately become agents of change in their community.

We are very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for this grant as it enables us to respond to the specific needs of our beneficiaries, become better at supporting women in new innovative ways and continue to give a voice to the unheard.

If you would like to know more about how you can become a Change Maker, contact us at: or 02072750321

Or visit our Facebook page, where we shall shortly be giving more information on how you can help us design and join the programme.


Estamos muy emocionadas en compartir esta gran noticia. Gracias a la generosa financiación de Big Lottery Fund, se apoyara la Iniciativa de Ayuda para la Mujer de América Latina con el lanzamiento del proyecto: “Mujeres tejiendo el cambio”. Será un proyecto a realizarse en cinco años, basado en la creencia de que cada persona ordinaria puede inspirar el cambio extraordinario.

Este proyecto provee un apoyo holístico para mujeres, niñas y niños sobrevivientes de la violencia doméstica, y ofrece asesoramiento a mujeres y niñas de América Latina, hablantes de lenguas española y portuguesa, que están en riesgo de experimentar violencia de género. El principal objetivo de este proyecto es capacitar, crear grupos de apoyo, aumentar la conciencia sobre la violencia de género, los derechos y responsabilidades de convertirse en agentes de cambio en su comunidad.

Una vez más, agradecemos a Big Lottery Fund por su oportuna respuesta a las necesidades de nuestras beneficiarias en brindar un mejor apoyo a otras mujeres en innovar sus caminos y en ser una voz de esperanza.

Si deseas más información en cómo involucrarte en “Mujeres tejiendo el cambio”, contacta o al teléfono: 0207 275 0321

Está pendiente a nuestros post en Facebook y nuestra página institucional para saber más sobre los pasos a seguir y la programación.

24 Mayo 2016

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23 Mayo 2016

1. JULY  2016 SAVE THE DATE !!!

Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA) host a rooftop fundraiser party!

On the night there will be;
– Latin American food
– Tropical drinks and Summer cocktails
– Live Cumbia Dance Performance
– Latin & Movimientos DJs
– More entertainment TBC             Tickets: £10

More information will follow, but for now SAVE THE DATE :)

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22 Mayo 2016

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20 May 2016
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18th April 2016

We would like to send out a big thanks to our friends, supporters and volunteers for attending our Annual general meeting and becoming part of our Change Makers Campaign!

Queremos agradecer todas/os nuestros amigas/os, aliadas/os y voluntiarias por participar en nuestra reunion anual de junta directiva e unirse a nuestra campaña de agentes de cambio!

Gostaríamos de agradecer a todos nossos amigos e amigas, aliados(as) e voluntarias pela participação em nossa Reunião Anual do Conselho Diretor, e unir-se a nos na campanha “Agentes de Mudança”!

AGM 2016 Change Maker poster

Tell us why you are a Change Maker and email your picture to:


14th April 2016

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 28th March 2016

11th March 2016

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8 March 2016

Happy International Women’s day! Today we celebrate all we have achieved and fight for all there is yet to achieve #internationalwomensday #london #leeds #paris

LAWA international women's Day 2016

4th March 2016

We would like to say thank you to all our  BAMER sisters, partner organsations and supportes who came together to celebrate International Women’s Day with us! Together we rise.

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29 Feburary 2016

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22 February 2016

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17 February 2016

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11 February 2016

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01 February 2016

Sexual awaerness week


It is important that we all raise our voices against Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence ! For more information: or on Twitter @itsnotok

25 January 2016

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22 Jaunary 2016

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21 January 2016

Need immigration advice?

LAWA offers free monthly surgeries for women who need legal advice
on Immigration matters. Advice is given by qualified and dedicated solicitors from Ashton Ross Law.

Next Surgery date: 16th February 10am-12pm

Book your appointment today! Tel: 0207 275 0321

Necesitas consejos en immigración?

LAWA ofrece mensualmente consultas gratuitas para mujeres que necesitan consejo en cuestiones migratorias. La asesoria es prestada por calificados abogados del studio Ahston Ross Law.

Próxima fecha: 16. Febrero 10am-12pm

Pide tu turno hoy! Tel: 0207 275 0321

Necessita de aconselhamento em imigração?

A LAWA oferece aconselhamento legal gratuito uma vez ao mês, em parceria com advogados de imigração qualificados do escritório Ashton Ross.

Próximas consultas: 16 de Fevereiro 10am-12am.

Reserve o seu horário! Tel: 0207 275 0321

20 January 2016

Taller de teatro

Como and enjoy our workshop this Saturday!! From 11-1pm

Ven y disfruta de nuestro taller este sábado!! De 11-1pm

Vir e desfrutar da nossa oficina neste sábado!! a partir 11-1pm

It’s free, es gratuito, é grátis !!!

07 December 2015

LAWA team 2015 christmas


Lawa wishes you: merry christmas & happy new year, feliz navidad y prospero ano nuevo, feliz natal e feliz ano novo!

Lawa’s office will be closed during christmas holidays until the 4.01 .16

Las oficinas de Lawa estan cerradas durante navidad hasta 4. 01.16

Os escritorios de LAWA estam fechadas ate 4.01.2016!



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05 December 2015

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25 November 2015

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02nd November 2015


Necesitas asesoria? Precisa assessoria ? Need support ?


Ofrecemos cada MARTES, un servicio de asesoría personal EXCLUSIVO PARA MUJERES incluyendo: Asesoría de beneficios, vivienda, asuntos legales, orientación sobre otros servicios etc. De 9:30-12:30h , En: The Print House, 18 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL London (cerca de Dalston Junction Overground Station)

Oferecemos toda TERÇA-FEIRA, um serviço de assessoria EXCLUSIVO PARA MULHERES incluindo: Assessoria sobre beneficios, moradia, medidas legais, orientação sobre outros serviços etc. De 9:30-12:30h Em: The Print House, 18 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL London (perto de Dalston Junction Overground Station)

Every TUESDAY, we offer advice and support for WOMEN ONLY on issues like: Welfare benefit advice, housing, legal issues, referrals to other services, etc. From 9:30-12:30h, At: The Print House, 18 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL London (near Dalston Junction Overground Station)

29th October 2015


                  Cine foro de mujeres en LAWA



LAWA te invita a ver la película ‘Caótica Ana’.

‘Caótica Ana’ es la historia-viaje de Ana durante cuatro años de su vida a través de la cual Ana comprueba que no vive sola, que su existencia parece la continuación de otras vidas de mujeres.
‘Caótica Ana’ es una historia contra la tragedia, conducida por la fuerza del optimismo y la necesidad de ser feliz de su protagonista.

Día:      Jueves 29 de octubre de 2015

Dónde: Latín American Women’s Aid , The Print House, 18 Ashwin Street (3.Piso )

Hora:    18:00 – 20:00      

Entrada: Gratuita                                                                 


23rd September 2015

Islington BAMER Women’s Network meeting

We invite you to have a discussion on the needs of BAMER women and develop a model for effective community cohesion and BAMER women’s voice.

We would like to explore the opportunities for the development of a partnership project

Time:    2pm-4pm

Venue:  Committee Room 6 Islington Town Hall, Upper Street N1

Please RSVP to

Event co-organised by the Islington BAMER Women’s Network (LAWA, IMECE and KMEWO)


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16th October 2015

Free BAMER Women’s Conference: Challenging inequalities, bridging gaps and ensuring fairness



Why specialist BAMER services are key for our women to have equal rights and effective access to VAWG services?

COME this Friday 16th Oct from 9:30 am to 2:30pm to Islington Town Hall (Committee Room 5 & 6).. and find out all about it!

Guest speakers ‪

  • ‎Jeremy Corbyn MP‬
  • ‎Marai Larasi
  • Cllr ‎Asima Shaikh‬

Please RSVP to

Event co-organised by the Islington BAMER Women’s Network (IMECE, KMEWO and LAWA)



4th August 2015- Latin Summer FIESTA to Raise Funds for LAWA and MID

31-07-2015 With huge thanks to our friends from  Alborada and Movimientos we are pleased to invite you to a Summer FIESTA to raise funds for Music In Detention and Latin American Women’s Aid. The evening will include short documentaries plus the Alborada soundsystem and Movimientos DJs serving up ancient to future Latin beats. Delicious food available all night as well as drinks from two rooftop bars.

Event info here:

Facebook event page:

Can’t come but would like to donate? You can do so via our justgiving  here:


Tickets: Minimum £5 donation at the door

When: Tuesday 4th August 2015, 5-11pm

Where: Dalston Roof Park, 18 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL London


Hope to see you there!

We saved our refuge! … At least for now: Concerns about the future of funding for refuges in the UK continue


We are very pleased to announce that our bid to access emergency funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government was successful. Islington Council is one of the 148 local areas who will benefit from the fund to save refuges which was announced on International Women’s Day by DCLG (1). This money will be used to cover temporarily the gap left by the Islington council funding cuts to Latin American Women’s Aid. The road ahead of us is now more hopeful but we are mindful that a lot of hard work needs to follow to ensure these gains are sustainable. So we echo Women’s Aid (2) in pointing out that it is vital that this fund is “matched with a commitment to exploring a new model of funding for refuges in the UK that supports them in the long-term”. And to that end, we will continue joining our voices to those campaigning against funding cuts in the sector in order to find together joint and sustainable responses to maintain our vital services. There are also more systemic battles that we are urged to contribute, such as the call to the UK government to make good its promise to abide by international law and standards on violence and discrimination against women. This is why we are joining forces with many others who are supporting #ICchange the national campaign for the UK to ratify the Istanbul Convention If you haven’t done it already, please sign the #ICchange petition We would like to thank our friends and supporters, our sister organisations in the women sector and beyond for your immense support and solidarity in the journey to #savelawarefuge No doubt these have been very challenging moments for us, but knowing how much you care about our cause has really made all the difference. Once we ensure the capacity is available, we are aiming to keep in touch more often with news and updates about our work, so please watch this space! In solidarity LAWA team ——- (1) (2)

UK Government: Get serious about Ending Violence Against Women
UK Government: Get serious about Ending Violence Against Women
On the 8th June 2012 the UK Government promised to get serious about ending violence against women. They promised a law – the ‘IC’ – that would dramatically change the lives of all women in the UK.


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Your support is now more important than ever

Dear friends Firstly we would like to thank you for your massive support over the last couple of weeks We welcomed the opportunity to be able to meet Cllr Paul Convery, Cllr Janet Burgess, Ms. Lela Kogbara and Mr. Sean McLaughlin last Monday 16th of February. At this meeting we discussed a paper presented to us beforehand on the reasons why Islington Council cannot continue funding LAWA’s refuge. Unfortunately the argument kept coming back. No matter how valuable or high quality our services are, there are not ‘enough resources’ due to central government cuts. We were also told that we don’t really add value to the local community in Islington and that we are in a world of ‘imperfect decisions rather than perfect solutions’. For these reasons your support is now more important than ever. As LAWA told the Telegraph this week: “Women who are accepted at LAWA become residents of Islington by staying in our refuge. They’re housed in the borough. They all work here, shop here, spend their money, their children are in Islington schools” This week we saw the Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights report on Violence Against Women and Girls in the UK . As highlighted by sister organisations IMKAAN and EVAW coalition, the threat to LAWA’s refuge is a prime example of what exactly the Committee is presenting: “The Committee also expresses alarm at the prevalence of violence against women and girls across many cultures in the UK today, and heard troubling evidence from many minority groups that represent women with particular needs. The Committee was concerned at the failings of the Government to reach and protect these victims” We believe that the responsibility to ensure funding to stop violence against women and girls lie both at the local and at the national level. But commitments are only real if reflected in money allocations, and not just on paper and speeches. This is why this petition is now also being directed to Cllr Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council and Cllr Paul Convery, Executive Member for Community Safety. We are also approaching different agencies locally and nationally to ensure we #savelawarefuge Please stay tuned for more updates and upcoming actions by following us on Twitter @LAWAlondon Watch: ‘A legacy for the future’: You can also help us by donating to our emergency fund : United we can win! LAWA team


Meeting with Councillors on Monday 16th February to discuss LAWA’s situation

Since we launched the campaign last Friday 6th Feb, we have had countless demonstrations of support and have gathered +/-600 signatures. We can’t emphasise enough how important this has been for us!. Now we are at a critical moment and need your support more than ever: We managed to secure a meeting to speak at the council NEXT MONDAY 16th of Feb at midday at Islington Town Hall A briefing was prepared in advance by Sean McLaughlin (Islington Director of Housing and Adult Social Services) basically arguing that LAWA services are of high quality but not ‘value for money’.  Apparently interpreters in VAWG generic services are enough to meet the needs of BME women.  If this is true, then why our women keep telling a different story? Seems easier to assume that generic services, notwithstanding the good work they do, actually can provide the same type of service that we have been providing for more than 27 years. In reality, we have witnessed thousands of stories demonstrating the exact opposite. Understanding the impact of racism and discrimination in the lives of women and girls within the context of violence IS what makes the difference. And this can only be provided through a culturally sensitive service like LAWA’s. Our service is unique. And in the long run actually saves money as well as lives Camille Kumar, from IMKAAN, a second-tier, human rights organisation, with national membership that represents the expertise and perspectives of frontline specialist women’s services that work to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, said:

“For almost thirty years Latin American Women’s Aid has been providing high quality, life saving services to Latin American women and children in the UK, some of whom may never have felt able to access a general women’s service. LAWA has an established reputation among Latin American communities in the UK and acts as a lifeline for many women and children. As the only refuge in the country dedicated to the Latin American community, it is a critical resource for the health, safety and well being of the Latin American population.

With a large resident and working population of Latin American people, Islington is the rightful home for LAWA’s refuge and other vital services, such as community outreach and support for children. BME services like LAWA save lives and also save money for local areas.

It has been shown that for every £1 invested in a BME VAWG service, up to £11 is returned to the local area as services like LAWA transform the lives of women and children escaping violence while also shifting beliefs and practices in communities to prevent violence in the first place, to foster a culture of zero tolerance for violence against women and girls and to ensure women and children are able to access appropriate specialist support as early as possible, keeping women safe and reducing the costs for other health and other social care services.

In interpreting costs alone, LAWA saves Islington services tens of thousands of pounds each year. It is vital that local authorities continue to fund and support BME VAWG services to ensure a healthy national network of refuge provision; to demonstrate genuine commitment to equality duties and to contribute to national VAWG strategy commitments.

We call upon Islington council to continue funding LAWA at current levels and for all local authorities to contribute to creating safer, healthier and more equal communities through long term sustainable funding of BME specialist refuges and BME VAWG services”

Sarah Green, Acting Director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, a national coalition of more than 60 women’s organisations working to end all forms of abuse, said:

“The LAWA refuge provides a unique and utterly essential, life-saving service which should be treasured by the borough of Islington. The specialist skills and knowledge of the workers in the LAWA refuge will be very hard to replace if it is lost.

Those tasked with making the very difficult spending decisions facing local councils need to know exactly why the LAWA refuge is unique and irreplaceable – its workers are able to provide a tailor-made service to women of Latin American origin and their children fleeing violent relationships in their own language and with an understanding of their culture.

This is the most difficult and most risky time for many women, and statistically it is the time they are most likely to be killed. If a service is not right for them there is a higher chance they will return to a violent relationship.

I note that the whole Labour Group in Islington signed the ‘Women’s Safety Pledge’ before they were re-elected last April. This included a commitment to protect specialist women’s services. I hope the councillors will look hard at this commitment and at the possibly consequences of the LAWA refuge closure.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid said:

“The national network of refuges is vital, and under threat: BME women’s services in particular have been cut so much that we cannot afford to lose any more. The DCLG has made clear that funding cuts of this kind “[undermine] the government’s approach to tackling violence against women and children”. The reciprocal arrangement of refuges between local areas is essential to the national network: its vulnerability to cuts like this is exactly why we are campaigning for a new national funding solution.

LAWA provides a specialism which is completely necessary to the women who use it and it must be preserved as a foundation stone of the national network of refuges.”

Please keep supporting us by:

  1. Directly tweeting:  Council Leader Richard Watts @RichardWatts01, Councillor Paul Convery @Paul_Convery ; Councillor Janet Burgess @JanetBurgess1 and Assistant Chief Executive Lela Kogbara @kogbara . Demand that the council commits to continue funding our Refuge
  2. Keep sharing our petition and engaging more people to sign it!

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We have reached a hundred signatures.. Let’s make it another hundred!!

You have all been awesome. Thanks for helping us reach this milestone in record time! Now let’s keep demonstrating to Islington Council how important LAWA’s refuge is to all of us So far we had one councillor approaching us. We have requested a meeting, but this has not been confirmed yet. Please keep sharing the petition and ask your friends to sign it, is very simple. In this way the message will be loud and clear that they have to hear what we need to say! We have been moved by your comments and kind words of support, here’s a selection of the reasons why you think funding for LAWA’s refuge should not stop: Reason for signing - Reineira Arguello   Reason for signing - Vicky Lechuga   Reason for signing - Claudio Chipana     Reason for signing - Luisa Ares   Reason for signing - Karen Ingala Smith


We have reached quite a few people in just one day of campaign, so thank you VERY much for your engagement, and please keep it up! See some of our supporters testimonies on why they signed our petition to Islington Council to continue funding LAWA’s Refuge: Reason for signing - Ana Rodriguez Reason for signing - Catherine Diaz Reason for signing - Anjona Roy Reason for signing - Simon Phillips Reason for signing - Brigit Pena (esp) Reason for signing - Ingrid Guyon Reason for signing - Luisa Ares Reason for signing - Sue Lukes Reason for signing - Carlos Mellinger


Latin American victims of domestic violence affected by Council’s cuts  

In an environment of ‘austerity’ measures where a drastic £120 billion public spending cut has affected thousands of people in the UK – it is women and children who are hardest hit The impact on women from black and ethnic minority backgrounds is even sharper, as specialist life saving services like Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA) are disproportionately impacted and struggling to survive. Here are some of the reasons why our services are crucial and what can you do to support us:


  •  LAWA’s users face exacerbated vulnerability to domestic violence as women and children from our community usually stay in abusive relationships for extended periods of time, due to:
  1. Lack of knowledge  about safety , their rights and how to pursue them,
  2. Isolation and discrimination,
  3. Insufficient English language skills
  4. Economic dependency on their abusive partner.
  • 40% of women from an ethnic minority background tend to stay in an abusive relationshi for 5 years or more


  • 85% of our advice users over the past year stated that they wouldn’t  have been able to exit their violent relationships  had it not been for LAWA’s support
  • 65% of LAWA’s users reported that they had not felt confident to approach mainstream services prior to accessing LAWA support.  This discouraged many of them from exiting their abusive relationships and often prolonged their traumatizing experiences.
  • 98% of our users expressed that their wellbeing has improved substantially because of our support. 



We are joining the national movement that calls on the government and local authorities such as Islington to commit to preserving specialist BME led refuges

                       #savelawarefuge        ‪#‎saverefugessavelives‬