Latin American Women’s Rights Service

We are a user-led, feminist and human rights organisation that focuses in addressing the practical and strategic needs of Latin American migrant women displaced by poverty and violence since 1983. Our service users experience significant disadvantage as migrants, as women, and as members of a minority ethnic group that is invisible in the UK, even though Latin Americans are one of the fastest growing ethnic minorities in the UK. LAWRS’ mission is “to provide Latin American migrant women with tools to assert our rights, and pursue personal empowerment and social change”. We directly support more than 5,000 women annually through culturally and linguistic specialist advice, information, counselling and psychotherapy, advocacy, development programmes, and workshops.

 

London organisations respond to post-Brexit racist and sexist abuse by urging people to become Upstanders not Bystanders.

We are a large group of organisations in London supporting women affected by domestic, sexual and other forms of abuse against women and girls. We are dismayed at the huge increase in reports of racist incidents to many of our organisations over the past week. This follows the BREXIT vote in the UK which seems to have given credibility to racist and sexist behaviour and to abuse against immigrants.  (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…)

 

Children and young people are left feeling anxious and insecure, women and girls are victims of racism and sexism at work, school and on public transport, an even more negative rhetoric on immigration, disbelief, uncertainty and disappointment. (more…)

 

Migration and asylum are heavily politicised issues. By tracking just media coverage, the Brexit debate focused on migration 18% of the time. That number increases significantly when narrowing the focus to specific news outlets. (more…)

 

Following the Brexit vote, it is crucial to ensure that women’s rights are not diluted, and that we have an inclusive society where all women are treated with dignity and respect, particularly those who experience multiple disadvantage. (more…)

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