Yesterday, in collaboration with the Evelyn Oldfield Unit, the IARS Women’s Advisory Board run its first Victims’ Rights training BY and FOR refugee and migrant women. The workshop was held at the premises of Evelyn Oldfield Unit and brought together 21 migrant and refugee women, empowering them to understand and claim their rights under the EU Victims Directive.  

We were very glad to see a room full of inspiring women, who were eager to learn and share their experiences. It was also deeply moving and inspirational to be side by side with a survivor of domestic violence who shared her experiences, making a powerful case for why safeguarding migrant women victims’ rights is so important.

The training gathered so much interest that given the room capacity some women had to be placed on a waiting list. We will soon be organizing the same training for those who were unable to attend this time so that more and more migrant and refugee women can benefit from it, empower themselves to claim their rights and press for better provisions and support services.

This was a free and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited training being delivered within the framework of the 3-year Comic Relief funded "Gender and Justice Empowerment" project.

This training is directed at refugee and migrant women only. We welcome organisations working with this group to contact us if they wish to organise this workshop for their users.  

For more information and to make a booking please contact IARS Projects Coordinator (Equalities), Rosa Heimer at or 020 706 44380. 

More pictures from the training can be found at IARS Facebook: