From Berlin, LAWA is joining voices with European feminists in this continent and everywhere… with#StepUpWave to demand the U.K. Government to ratify the Istanbul Convention
We chose to highlight Article 23 –on Shelters
Which reads: “Parties shall take the necessary legislative or other measures to provide for the setting‐up of appropriate, easily accessible shelters in sufficient numbers to provide safe accommodation for and to reach out pro‐actively to victims, especially women and their children”.
… And for us THAT includes.. specifically…:
Rin-fencing funding for shelters for Women of Colour
.. Because there are only 96 beds paces in London in refuges *led* by and *for* women of colour
On the 27th of June, the day after the Brexit result, the phones rang off the hook at the Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA) offices.
We received calls from Latin American women, with European passports, residing in the United Kingdom asking questions about Brexit such as: What is going to happen to us now? What does this mean? Are we going to lose our rights? And will we have to leave the country as soon as possible?
Britain’s exit from the European Union has dealt a great blow to the immigration and residence status of Latin American women who have a European passport, as they do not have guaranteed permanent residence.
LAWA contributed to THE PRISMAS special edition on Brexit with an article on this uncertain issue. If you would like to read it, please visit THE PRISMAS website:
If you would like to share your story and tell us how Brexit has affected you, contact us!
LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN’S AID CELEBRATES LIVING WAGE COMMITMENT
The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA) has today accredited as a Living Wage employer.
The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at LAWA, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors; receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.40 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour introduced this April.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.
LAWA Trustee, Yara Rodrigues Fowler, “This living wage is important for so many reasons. For us it is especially important for LAWA to show active solidarity will all the Latin Americans in London working for under the Living Wage – sometimes under the minimum wage. Particularly for women, this can make the difference between leaving or staying with an abusive partner.”
Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
Living Wage Foundation Director, Katherine Chapman said: “We are delighted to welcome LAWA to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.
“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.
“We have accredited over 2,600 leading employers, including LAWA, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that.”
invites you to the women’s workshop:
Let’s talk about feminisms
What does it mean to be an empowered woman today?
As part of the “Women Weaving Change”
Project, we are holding a workshop to discuss this important question.
If you think that women have the same opportunities as men to work, to exercise our rights, access to health services, housing, education and development our skills or if you have experienced some form of violence, discrimination based on your nationality, skin colour, immigration status, beliefs or sexual preferences and want to address this: This workshop is for you!
We invite you to reflect on the importance of being a woman in this historical time, the challenges we have to recognize our strength and our power to transform our lives and community.
Don’t miss it!
You are welcome!
Today, October 11, is the International Day of the Girl. A day to spark activism and inspire us all to make a difference and create safe environments for girls all over the world. Although women have gained a lot of space in the past few decades and conquered many achievements, there’s still so much to be done.
What can we do to empower girls TODAY? We can stand up to for girls’ rights getting involved in campaigns and empowerment projects. We can pass on our knowledge and mentor young girls. We can sign petitions and pressure governments to make FGM and child marriage illegal. We can get involved with charities that help girls overcome experiences with violence and rape. What we can not do is ignore the fact that the future of girls worldwide is also on our hands.
As we praise our feminist predecessors for everything they conquered that benefits women today, we need to pay it forward and fight for our girls.They shouldn’t have to face any obstacles on their way to a bright future