Calling all Film-makers !

Calling all creative film-makers who care about migrant women’s rights and want to support the only refuge for Latin American Women and children in the UK and Europe Fleeing violence.

This year LAWA is reaching a milestone anniversary of 30 years of saving and transforming lives.

To celebrate this great anniversary and the achievements over the years, we are hosting a glamour’s Gala on the 6th of October, at which we would love to show a short video introducing LAWA.

And this is where you come in: we are seeking film makers that would like to create this short 1-2min institutional video presenting LAWA and what we do.

Your creativity and pro-bono support can make a huge difference in helping us showing the world what makes LAWA so special, how we empower women to empower themselves and why we need the public’s support to continue to tackle gender violence and create brighter futures for migrant families.

 

If you are interested in getting involved , please contact: salma@lawadv.org.uk

02072750321

Join us at our Gala to Celebrate our 30th Anniversary!

Latin American Women’s Aid will stage a Gala celebration of 30 years of continuous support to women and children who have experienced violence

On the 6th of October Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA) celebrates 30 years saving lives and empowering women with a glamorous Gala in Central London.

Since the day of LAWA’s foundation in 1987, through 2 brave Latin American political refugees, till this day LAWA continues to provide the only refuge for the Latin American women and children in the UK and Europe. Through this LAWA’s offers a life line to vulnerable women and a nationally vital service to one of the most marginalised and fastest growing migrant communities in the country, with an estimated population of around 250,000 people.

Over the last 30 years, LAWA has worked tirelessly to save and transform the lives of thousands of Latin American, black and minority ethnic women and their children. Supporting migrant families fleeing violence means, not only tackling difficult issues such domestic violence, child abuse and sex trafficking, but also offering them holistic assistance. This includes practical and emotional support, guiding women through unfamiliar systems, helping them attain justice, offering counselling, interpreting for them, understanding each woman’s individual situation and bringing down barriers for them to access support. Most of all it means working together to help women empower themselves to achieve self-determination, full participation in society and create brighter futures for their families.

On the 6th of October, we invite you to join the celebration of this land marking anniversary and all those that have contributed to our achievements such as our funders, partners, service users and supporters. LAWA’s Gala programme will include a 3 course dinner, Latin American performances and dance. It will take place at 1901 Ballroom, Andaz Hotel, 40 Liverpool Street, London, UK, EC2M 7QN.

Please help us to spread the word about this amazing event which we hope will be the catalyst for another 30 successful years making a lasting difference to vulnerable families.

You can find more information and purchase tickets here on our website at: http://lawadv.org.uk/gala2017

We hope to see you there!

This event is supported by the Big lottery fund.

 

A big thank you to our amazing Crowd funding supporters!

We would like to send out a massive thanks to the ladies of the Leech Family who started a private crowd funder to support us and managed to raise us a whopping  £506!

Cathy, Jo and Helen you are AMAZING !

Thanks to your fantastic initiative and generosity we will be able to support 5 more families in our Refuge.Thanks a million for helping us make a difference in the lives of migrant women and children fleeing violence!  We need more people like you 🙂

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Your support will go a long way today!

Since the beginning of 2017 we are partners with GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding platform. And today, GlobalGiving is offering us a unique opportunity: all donations to our crowdfunding project will be 50% matched. TODAY ONLY!

What does this mean? Your generosity will allow us to do so much more for survivors of violence and sex trafficking. Every penny goes towards saving and transforming the lives of the women that live in our refuge, which is the only of its kind in the UK and Europe.

Today you can help create a brighter future for these women and their children.

THANK YOU for your fantastic support once again. Please share this email with your friends and family, and let’s make the most of bonus day!

Donate here ==> https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/create-safe-spaces-for-survivors/

Watch a testimonial from an empowered survivor ==> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvqv92t_kbg&t=38s

Follow us:
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Twitter ==> https://twitter.com/lawalondon

 

Lets Talk About Gender Violence – LAWA at Radio Aculco

We would like to say thank you to the Ventana Comunitaria radio Team, for inviting us to take part in an interesting conversation on international women’s day. What a great opportunity to reflect on woman’s role in today’s society,  gender violence and our collective power to transform our communities.

Listen to the whole conversation here:

From Berlin LAWA joins the #StepUpWave Campaign

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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

 

Latin American women and Brexit: What will happen to them now?

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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:

http://theprisma.co.uk/2016/10/06/latin-american-women-and-brexit-what-will-happen-to-them-now/

If you would like to share your story and tell us how Brexit has affected you, contact us!