On the 6 of October Latin American Women’s Aid (Lawa) will celebrate 30 years saving lives in Central London.
From the day of Lawa’s founding in 1987, through two Latin American political refugees, until this day, the organisation continues to provide the only refuge for Latin American women and children in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Lawa’s work has been always focuses in vulnerable women, so it offers to them a lifeline and a nationally vital service to one of the most marginalised but fastest growing migrant communities in the country, with an estimated population of around 250,000 people.
Over the last 30 years, Lawa has worked tirelessly to save and transform the lives of thousands of Latin American, black and minority ethnic women and their children.
Supporting migrant families fleeing violence means not only tackling difficult issues such domestic violence, child abuse and sex trafficking but also offering them holistic assistance.
This includes practical and emotional support, guiding women through unfamiliar systems, helping them attain justice, offering counselling, interpreting for them, understanding each woman’s individual situation, and bringing down barriers for them to access support.
According to Lawa “most of all it means working together to help women empower themselves to achieve self-determination, full participation in society and create brighter futures for their families”.
Because of this, Lawa is inviting people to join the celebration of this landmark anniversary and all those that have contributed to Lawa achievements such as their funders, partners, service users and supporters.
Lawa’s Gala programme will include a three course dinner, Latin American performances and dance. It will take place on the 6 of October, at 1901 Ballroom, Andaz Hotel, 40 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN. For more information here.