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Jashmin Patel on a practice walk

Jashmin Patel, Imkaan’s Sustainability Co-ordinator is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Imkaan. We are a second-tier membership organisation that provides a vital coordinated strategic voice for front-line by and for black and ‘minority ethnic’ (BME) violence against women and girls (VAWG) services.

By and for specialist BME VAWG services are crucial lifelines for BME women and girls who have experienced violence. …

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A painting by a resident at Amadudu Women’s Refuge, Liverpool

‘Amadudu’ means of colour; our name reflects the communities of Black women who our project represents and prioritises. We are a refuge which provides specialised dedicated support and shelter to Black and minoritised women and girls who have been subjected to violence. We opened our doors in 1992 following a lengthy battle with a housing provider and the local authority to secure the premises. The project was set up by a small group of local black women who came together to build an evidence base which demonstrated the need for Black specialist refuge provision in Liverpool.

At Amadudu we work with a range of cultural community organisations and statutory agencies such as social services, health professionals, children’s centres, and agencies supporting people dealing with addiction. We work closely with Savera, a local organisation which refers women to us, and who supports women fleeing forced marriage and honor based crimes. We also work with training and employment providers to enable women to take steps towards employment. We are involved in campaigns which seek to eradicate violence against women and girls. …

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Women in the Latin American community are organising, putting their voices at the forefront in the struggle against the hostile environment.

Migrant women are disproportionately affected by cuts and policies made by the government under the hostile environment. This stance has made the lives of migrant women increasingly difficult, affecting every aspect of our lives, from our ability to hold a job with sustainable working hours, applying for benefits and even accessing healthcare. Most alarmingly this extends to our ability to live lives free from violence.

The Latin American Women Right Service (LAWRS), an organisation that has been working for 35 years to defend the rights of Latin American women in the UK, has seen how these changes in policy have made living a life free from violence very difficult. Migration exposes women to gendered forms of violence not often experienced by non-migrant women. The social status of migration can hinder our ability to access safe jobs and public services, which in turn make migrant women vulnerable to violence and exploitation. …



UK-based, black feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls. RTs not always endorsements. www.imkaan.org.uk

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