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LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN’S RIGHTS SERVICE (LAWRS)

VAWG Advocacy and Prevention Coordinator
Three days per week
Salary: £27,000 per year
Fixed term contract until 31st March 2017

LAWRS’ Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) programme offers a women-centred and culturally appropriate service delivering prevention work in the community, with statutory services and with mainstream schools, one-to-one casework support and work to influence better services for Latin American Women survivors of VAWG. Part of our VAWG programme includes raising awareness with key statutory services about VAWG and ethnic minorities including on harmful practices. We are seeking a VAWG Advocacy and Prevention Coordinator to: work with statutory and voluntary sector in target boroughs to increase awareness about VAWG and how it affects women from ethnic minorities; offer services off site in specific London boroughs and develop outreach activities in key London boroughs; undertake training and prevention work with the community and mainstream schools about VAWG including harmful practices; contribute to develop LAWRS’ services to tackle “honour” based violence and other forms of VAWG experienced by Latin American migrant women.

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Most Latin American women arrive in the UK with skills and qualifications and while most are in work, this is mostly in low skilled and low paid jobs in cleaning, catering and hospitality services, they experience high levels of labour exploitation and live their lives in poverty.

As part of our work in the recognition for equal rights for Latin American women and work against labour exploitation, LAWRS has participated in the report of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.  (more…)

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A fond farewell message for an inspirational woman and leader, Tania Bronstein, LAWRS’s former Chair and a big welcome to our Acting Chair Gisela Valle

 

Dear friends of LAWRS,

 

The Board of Trustees would like to formally thank an inspirational leader and one of the charity’s founders, Tania Bronstein, who has decided to step down as Chair of LAWRS.

Tania has been a fundamental pillar of LAWRS’s success in establishing itself as a national charity, one that has grown and achieved immeasurable success and benefits for migrant women. Tania was Chair of LAWRS for sixteen years, and during her tenure she has worked tirelessly to achieve our aim of seeing Latin American women in the UK asserting their human rights, reaching personal empowerment and bringing about social change.

We are very sad to see Tania go and are eternally grateful for the invaluable legacy she leaves behind. A legacy that has benefited and improved the quality of life for thousands of Latin American women and their dependents in the UK and her commitment, determination and vision has inspired all of those fortunate to work alongside her.

Our gratitude for her inspirational leadership, which has impacted on everyone around her, was felt in the outpouring of messages and the joyous atmosphere at a recent farewell event we had for Tania.

In the spirit of change and leadership, we would also like to give a warm welcome to our newly appointed acting Chair, Gisela Valle, a Mexican national, lawyer by profession with a strong commitment to women’s rights and human rights, who alongside the board will continue working to make sure that LAWRS fulfills its mission and vision.

Lastly, we want to add that we are excited to be working on new partnerships, projects and groundbreaking, collaborative research which is continuing to increase the visibility of our communities in the UK.

Nearly 5,000 women receive LAWRS’s support on a yearly basis, this would simply not be possible without your continued support. Thank you.

 

With warm wishes,

 

Board of Trustees
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LAWRS has been working for more than 30 years, our chair have made a reflection of the work we’ve done and keep doing in upholding the rights of Latin American women in the UK:

En LAWRS hemos estado trabajando por más de 30 años, nuestra presidenta Tania Bronstein, ha hecho una reflexión del trabajo que hemos logrado y seguiremos haciendo en la defensa de los derechos de las mujeres latinoamericanas en el Reino Unido:

Traducción al portugués Palabras de nuestra presidenta Tania Bronstein

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30th anniversary

In November 2013, LAWRS proudly celebrated 30 years of working with and for Latin American women in the UK. The celebration took place at City Hall and was attended by c 200 people. There was music and dance ad good food! The atmosphere has a festive celebration. During all these years we have been committed to fighting for the rights of LA women so they can achieve personal change and live free from violence, abuse and poverty –http://vimeo.com/79637821#at=3


In 2013, LAWRS celebrated 30 years of working with and for Latin American women in the UK. During these years we have been committed to fighting for the rights of these women so they can achieve personal change and live free from violence, abuse and poverty.
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