Migrants, Multiculture

‘Invisible women’

This documentary, being aired on the 30th of January, shows Latin American women’s place within the immigrant community in London, and the problems they face, including violence.


Violence against women is an important and pressing social problem. In 1993 the United Nations  ratified the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, stating that such actions are a serious violation of human rights.

Acts of violence can occur within families, as well as in communities, and the government presents the many sides to the violence, ranging from discrimination and contempt to physical, sexual, verbal or psychological aggression, and in extreme cases, murder.

Although this is not specific to particular races, nationalities, social and economic conditions, there are many Latin American women who believe their human rights are often violated by their own partners.

The causes of this misogynistic violence vary but are all related to an old patriarchal system, which views women as objects, owned by men and allowing them to exercise complete control.

The Latin American female community suffers as a result of this ignorance or lack of understanding of their rights. Numerous associations and organisations fight to eradicate these acts of violence.

The documentary, Invisible Women, produced by Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS), will show this reality during a presentation involving Labour MP Stella Creasy, Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention, who will talk about how violence affects women of ethnic minorities and will launch the campaign “Love doesn’t kill, violence does”.

Location: Bolivar Hall, 54-56 Grafton Way, London, Greater London, W1T 5DL.

Date and time: January 30th, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

For more information visit the website.

(Translated by Rory Mulloy)

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