The IARS International Institute is pleased to offer a half-day evidence-based, user-led awareness raising programme for professionals and service providers is focused on the impact of gender-based violence, including FGM, on refugee and asylum-seeking women, and the need for a gender sensitive treatment of this group. The 30 CPD points accredited training programme was built through evidence from  the three-year Comic Relief and Matrix Chambers funded programme entitled Abused No More that aims to generate institutional change and increased gender sensitivity in the treatment of refugee and asylum-seeking women, both by harnessing existing research and by allowing the women themselves to identify the problems they currently face through community-led action research. 
  • Objectives

The training event will aim to:

  • Inform about gender-based violence and the specific needs of refugee and asylum seeking women. 
  • Improve professionals' and practitioners' skills on how to interact with women who have experienced gender-based violence and how to facilitate disclosure of sensitive information.
  • Provide professionals, agencies and services with the appropriate tools and best practice guidance to further engage with women affected by gender-based violence. 

  • Who should attend

    The programme is suitable for  health and legal practitioners who work with refugee and asylum-seeking women but also it is targeted at all practitioners who work with refugee and asylum-seeking women as it covers relevant facts on gender-based violence and the asylum system in the UK

  • Accreditation & Certification

    The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines (20 CPD learning points – Intermediate level).

  • The full training package includes

    • Half-day face-to-face training
    • Background information and key facts on the asylum-seeking process in the UK
    • Personal reflection and case studies narrated by asylum seeking and refugee women 
    • CPD Certification

  • Resources

    Additional resources  can be purchased from IARS Publications and are also available on Kindle.

  • Resources

    Additional resources  can be purchased from IARS Publications and are also available on Kindle.
    • The training course is facilitated by Dr Natalia Paszkiewicz, IARS Projects Coordinator (Equalities), and refugee and asylum-seeking women involved in the Abused No More project, including an anti-FGM activist, survivor and asylum seeker, Maimuna Jawo. 




    IARS is a not for profit organisation and all funds are reinvested into our charitable activities.

    If you would like to purchase this training as an organisation, IARS is able to deliver the training in-house to up to 25 members of staff. The training is available at the following rates:

    London - £1,200

    Outside London - £1,500

    If you would like to request a training, or have any questions, please contact 

    Throughout the year IARS also offers a number of training sessions in London that are open to individuals who are interested in completing the training. Individual places at these trainings are available at the following rates:  

    Voluntary organisations and charities with up to 10 members of staff -  £75

    Voluntary organisations and c with 11+ members of staff - £95

    Statutory and Private Organisations £125

    Our website will be updated with upcoming dates of these open training sessions so watch this space. Registration and payment details will be provided as dates are confirmed.

    We offer 10% discount to our members and members' organisations along with various other benefits. If you are not a member and you would like to join us please follow the link or contact us at .


    Cancellation and Refund Policy

    Charges will incur for a refund of your booking:

    - Bookings will not be refundable for cancellations within 7 days of the training.
    - 70% refund for upto 14 days before the training date. 
    - 80% refund for cancellation notices recieved more than 14 days before the training. 

    These charges are ordered in this manner due to administration fees. To make a cancellation please contact | 020 7064 4380.