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!

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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!

LAWA proud to be accredited as a London living wage Employer

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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.”