Our new crowdfunding campaign!

We are very happy to announce that this week we launched a new crowdfunding campaign! After the success of our very first one, which gave us an official spot as partners of the Global Giving platform, we are now asking for your support once again.

“Create safe spaces and a brighter future for survivors” aims to create more safe spaces and allow more families to flee and have a fresh start. Our shelter is more than a roof, it’s a place of healing, hope and new beginnings. We offer personalised support for each family’s needs: counselling, specialised children services, emergency packs for destitute families, self-development and educational workshops to boost confidence to begin the journey towards a better life. With your support women and children can go from surviving to thriving!

Donations start from £8 and every donation we recieve this week will be match funded 50%!

So Please join us today and share with your friends and family!

Thank you! Gracias! Obrigada !

 

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:

!MUÉVETE! 1 BILLION RISING EVENTS

One Billion Rising is the greatest action that calls on women and girls to end violence against women in the history of mankind. The campaign was launched on Valentine’s Day in 2012 as a call to action, based on facts: 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during their lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, those who lived violence in their bodies, total more than one trillion women and girls.

Valentine’s Day was chosen because it is the culturally invisible date of the violence that many women live especially in relationships. Taking action and awareness on that day, allows us to point out that any romantic relationship, based on romanticism, intimidation, sexual violence and abuse, should stop. Since the launch of the campaign, women’s groups and allies around the world have taken public action to express their outrage through strikes, dances and performative acts challenging their local authorities, ministers of justice and society in general to take Awareness demanding an end to violence against women.

Latin American Women’s Aid in its commitment to the eradication of violence towards Latin American, Afro-descendant and ethnic minority women in the United Kingdom, invites at Muevete!, public act of Zumba. Let’s unite by doing a little exercise and raising awareness about the effects of violence, sharing the horizon of change, where every woman has the opportunity to take control of her life.

Get in touch with Jael for more information: jael@lawadv.org.uk / 074 62 191 700 / 020 7275 0321

http://www.onebillionrising.org/events/muevete/

LAWA’s statement on our participation in the Women’s March on London

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.

Women Worldwide Active 2017

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.

LAWA at the #WomensMarchLondon

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.