On the third week of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, LAB and King’s College London release the third episode of our new podcast, Women Resisting Violence, in which women share their experiences of supporting each other and transforming their communities. This week’s episode focuses on the work of a group of organisations advocating for Latin American migrant women with insecure immigration status who are experiencing domestic abuse, and a community theatre made by and for Brazilian women who’ve experienced gender-based violence.
Gil migrated to the UK from Brazil with her partner and two children as a tourist, and subsequently became undocumented. When she fled abuse, she was not supported by the police and she ended up homeless with a child in mid-winter. Finding the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) changed her life and Gil now works on the group’s Step Up Migrant Women Campaign to highlight the vulnerability of migrant women with insecure immigration status who are suffering domestic abuse.
LAWRS also works with Migrants in Action (MinA), a community theatre group dedicated to Brazilian women in London who have experienced gender violence. Using theatre techniques, they create a safe space for migrant women to share stories, identify violence and heal. We hear from the artistic director, Carolina Cal.
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The artistic director of Migrants in Action (MinA), Carolina Cal says:
‘It is extremely important to know other narratives and that there are more stories than those that are told about us. When we perform to the wide public and show the reality that these women face, we start making the social change that is needed.’
In order to influence policy around gendered violence and highlight the lessons and voices of those working on the frontline, we’d be grateful if you could add a review and share the podcast widely.
Join the conversation on social media, using the hashtag #WomenResistingViolence.
Women Resisting Violence is a co-production between Latin America Bureau and King’s College London, drawing on research from Cathy McIlwaine and Jelke Boesten. The podcast is produced and written by Louise Morris and presented by Renata Peppl. Funded by the ESRC Impact and Acceleration Account held at KCL.
Listen to all the episodes here: