LAWA and English in Action
Offering English classes for Latin American, Afro-descendant and ethnic minority women who speak Spanish and Portuguese.
-Principiantes: every Tuesday, 5: 00-7: 00pm.
– Intermediate: every Wednesday, 5: 00-7: 00pm.
We have a creche service available.
To book your place, please contact:
Professor Rossena Hussain (speaks only English) to 07896344407
Support in LAWA, Jael García (in Spanish and / or Portuguese) on 074 62 191 700
Classes are held at LAWA’s offices.
The Print House (3rd floor).
18 Aswhin Street
London E8 3DL
Close to the Dalston Junction underground station.
We still have spaces available!
On the past 21st of January, the Latin American Women’s Aid, together with other Latin American women, marched on the Women’s March on London. We decided to join the Women’s March on London because we Latin American women and other Black and Minority ethnic women and migrant women have been for long but are now more than ever being particularly threatened and targeted by racism, xenophobia and sexism both in the US but also in the UK. Trump embodies these hate discourses, policies and practices as much as Theresa May or Nigal Farage in the UK austerity scenario and post-Brexit vote scenario in which cuts to Domestic Violence services, racism and anti-migrant practices have been legitimised and widespread. The attack to our rights and the rise of hate is a cross border reality and we, women of colour and migrant women are the hardest hit. That said, we felt interpellated to join an International movement of women in one of many Sisters Women’s March happening in the world.
As a Latin American BME organisation, as black feminists committed to intersectional feminism, we understood the Women’s March on London as an opportunity to take the streets, raise our voices and self-represent our struggles. Our journey of taking action is not limited to this march, we have been for decades resisting and collectively building spaces to transform the oppressive structures of power, nurturing the collective empowerment of migrant women of colour and the self-determination of our communities. However, although the Women’s March on London at first seemed to call for a collective action in favour of the rights of women, in fact, it did not properly allowed for all voices of women to be represented. We regret that the prevailed discourse has been a white feminism one that reinforces privilege, reproduces power imbalances, and silences the voices of other women.
One of our lessons learnt at the Women’s March on London is the urgency to bring to the forefront of the debate an analysis of race, class, borders, disability, power, privilege and other oppressions that we, women of colour, experience in opposition to a white washed feminism that prevailed in this march. As a BME feminist organisation we believe that feminism has to be intersectional. We believe in a feminist movement that deeply acknowledges intersectional forms of oppression and brings the voices and concerns of migrants, black women and women of colour; working class women; disabled women; LBTQ women and non-binary people to the heart of this movement by allowing space for self-representation.
We regret that the Women’s March did not fully reflect such principles. We stand in solidarity with other women of colour who have raised very important critiques to the organisers of the Women’s March London, raising its lack of intersectionality and inclusivity and eventually deciding not to attend to the march. We recognise their decision not to attend the march as a political act of resistance. We stand in solidarity with all women who felt unrepresented and excluded from the organizational process, and despite this, challenged the organizers of the Women’s March on London writing powerful statements denouncing the vices and practices that permeate feminist spaces, which are based on privilege. We hope that in the future, together we can build more inclusive and intersectional feminist spaces and movements truly based on sisterhood and solidarity. Our protest and resistance did not start and does not end with the Women’s March.
LAWA congratulates Women Worldwide Active for its work in accompanying and empowering black and ethnic minority women in the UK to take control and self-determination to change their lives. Its program drives women to creativity, entrepreneurship and economic self-sustainability.
Last Sunday we celebrated together with the team and volunteers of Women Worldwide Active, the graduation of a group of women entrepreneurs and also reflected together on the challenges that women of colour have to access a life free of violence. Programs such as this drive and inspire change because they allow the development of creativity, the sense of autonomy and personal growth through the development of new skills and knowledge that improve the life and environment of women.
We thank the Women Worldwide team for inviting LAWA to share the celebration, the music and the party.
Why is LAWA joining the #WomensMarchLondon on Saturday (January 21st)?
As Latin American Women it is very important to march at this particular time to oppose the current climate and discourses attacking our migrant communities and women, especially women of colour. LAWA will march to protest patriarchy, racism, xenophobia and discriminations of any kind.
We will march for the protection of our fundamental rights and for the safeguarding of freedom, dignity, housing and health especially for migrant and BME women. This march calls us to share the spirit of freedom, sisterhood, solidarity and hope for not giving up in times of uncertainty and violence. The rights of women and migrants, as of all humanity, are not negotiable.
JOIN US! We will be meeting by the Eagles Squadron Memorial at Grosvenor Square at 12. More information on our Facebook event.
Change Maker is a new project by LAWA, which aims to encourage Latin American and BME women that speak Portuguese and/or Spanish to become change makers.
What is the Change Maker programme?
It is a space for women to find empowerment (and help other women to do the same) and be more active within their social environments, triggering change.
Within a feminist space for women only, we will offer tools to raise awareness about the connection between gender-based violence and inequality (social, economic, racial and cultural) that affects us.
Why should you be a Change Maker?
A change maker is the bridge between culture & knowledge. If we recognise our abilities and knowledge in a personal and collective way, the possibilities to change realities of injustice and inequalities into fair and inclusive ones are much higher.
Through a community space of feminist learning, we will provide strategies of self care, autonomy and empowerment.
The project is structured in four parts, each one lasts two months, with two activities each mont. Day and time can be arranged according to the personal availability of each participant.
The workshops and activities will take place at LAWA’s headquarters in Dalston as well as other community spaces, but we will keep you informed and let you know in advance.
Who can take part:
- Latin American and BME women of all ages, sexual orientation, migrant situation, of any social, politic and economic background
- Spanish or Portuguese speakers
- You need to have an idea for a project, or be wiling to develop one. A project that will contribute to personal and collective empowerment
- You will need to fill a form and attend an interview
- If you are selected, we ask for your commitment and availability
What we offer:
- Confidentiality and respect
- A safe space to develop your project
- Workshops and classes in Spanish and Portuguese
- Materials and other resources
- Personalised guidance and group discussions about the projects and initiatives of Change Maker
If you are interested, please get in touch with Jael: firstname.lastname@example.org
LAWA is currently starting a very exciting stage as we are expanding our portfolio of services. Part of this is our new counselling service. After years advocating for LA and other BME women we became aware of the existing gap in the provision of a counselling service specially tailored for the needs of the women we attend. LAWA’s counselling service will be one of the few in London offering a Spanish/Portuguese speaking, gender responsive and including an intersectional approach.
We are looking for volunteer counsellors to join LAWA to start in February, with interviews to be held at the end of January.
Please find below the full role description and application form below.