Latin American Women’s Rights Service

We are a user-led, feminist and human rights organisation that has been working with Latin American women in the UK since 1983. Our aim is to facilitate the tools for Latin American women to assert our human rights and pursue personal empowerment and social change. We are a holistic organisation and provide culturally and linguistic specialist advice, information, counselling and psychotherapy, advocacy, development programmes, workshops, wellbeing groups and targeted support to Latin American women.
We directly support more than 4,500 women per year and we also do policy and campaigning work on BME and migrant women’s rights, and recognition of Latin Americans as an ethnic group.

 

The practice of corporal punishment is deeply rooted in our society and has been passed through generations, but that does not make it valid. Physical punishment is considered a crime when is done to an adult, but when it comes to children, sometimes it’s accepted and naturalized as a parental right, as a way to legitimize their authority and “make them stronger “.

Women used (and continue) to be treated in a wrong and unjust way as well. It is not about pointing fingers but to generate constructive change. (more…)

 
 

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…)

 

LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN’S RIGHTS SERVICE (LAWRS)
VAWG Outreach 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, one-to-one casework, support and work to influence better services for Latin American women survivors of VAWG. We are seeking a VAWG Outreach and Prevention Coordinator to: expand capacity to deal with increasing numbers of women seeking support over VAWG, undertake outreach activities and service delivery in specific boroughs; undertake education and prevention work with the community and continue developing LAWRS’ services to tackle “honour” based violence and other forms of VAWG experienced by Latin American women.

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On Sunday 8th May, Claudia will be running the Hackney Half Marathon to raise money for LAWRS! Claudia Turbet-Delof is LAWRS’s Vice Chair; she is a Bolivian woman committed to uphold Latin American Women’s Rights.

She is training hard to finish the run in a good time! Her target is to raise £3,200 which is an equivalent of £100 for each year LAWRS has been supporting Latin American women in the UK. Your fundraising support will help us to provide vital services to Latin American women suffering violence against women and girls and affected by poverty and make a real difference to their lives.

Please support and encourage Claudia here

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