girls under the age of 15 are at high risk of FGM every year in England and Wales


of BME women survivors of violence say they prefer receiving support from a BME specialist service

1 in 3

local authorities have no women’s refuge

Panahghar is a registered charity based in Coventry and Leicester that works to relieve poverty, physical and mental distress, domestic violence and abuse. It has extensive experience in the provision of direct services primarily to Asian women victims of violence, and their families, in the West Midlands.

Sisters For Change has worked with Panahghar since 2015. In November 2017, Sisters For Change, Angelou Centre, Ashiana (Sheffield), Apna Haq (Rotherham), LBWP (London), and Panahghar (Coventry) launched a joint report, Unequal Regard, Unequal Protection: Public authority responses to violence against BME women in England, to evidence the chronic failure of public authorities to respond to violence against BME women and girls in England.