• On average, 11 women and girls are raped or sexually assaulted in each of London’s 32 boroughs every week.
  • There are 32.3 cases of FGM per 100,000 people in Newham.
  • 65% of child protection plans in Newham had domestic and/or sexual violence as a known factor.


Working with local partner London Black Women’s Project (LBWP), Newham borough in London was an area of strategic focus for Sisters For Change 2017 report Unequal Regard, Unequal Protection: Public authority responses to violence against BME women in England. Identified due to its diverse population – 43% Asian, 29% white and 19% black – where only 40% of the local population uses English as a first language, Newham is consistently ranked as one of the most deprived boroughs in England with 41% of households living in relative poverty and 55% of children living in households in poverty. In 2016/2017, Newham had the second highest volume of domestic abuse incidents in London; there were 733 sexual offences recorded by the police and 65% of child protection plans had domestic and/or sexual violence as a known factor. In addition, there are 32.3 reported cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) per 100,000 people.

Sisters For Change also works with a local partner serving Latin American women in South London, supporting the ‘Step Up Migrant Women’ campaign. The campaign was launched by over 30 migrant women and social justice organisations who believe that all women have the right to live free from violence.



Imkaan is a London-based Black and Minority Ethnic  (BME) women’s organisation. The only UK national BME advocacy organisation, Imkaan has worked for 15 years in partnership with BME women’s organisations across the country, to improve UK national and regional policy and practice responses to violence against BME women and girls. Read about our work and partners


Amnesty International UK

Amnesty International UK is an independent organisation committed to the achievement of every person enjoying his or her human rights. Amnesty is a global movement of over 7 million members, supporters and activists across the world standing up for human rights. They achieve their mission through research and action focused on preventing and ending human rights abuses. Read about our work and partners


London Black Women’s Project

London Black Women’s Project (LBWP) – formerly Newham Asian Women’s Project – based in East London is a women-only organisation and charity working to end violence against women and girls and provide services for South Asian women. LBWP provides safe and emergency accommodation in refuges, therapeutic and counselling services, dedicated domestic and sexual violence support and rights-based advice and information services. Read about our work and partners



Founded in 1983, LAWRS’ mission is to provide Latin American migrant women with tools to assert their rights, and pursue personal empowerment and social change. They directly support more than 5,000 women annually through culturally and linguistically specialist advice, information, counselling and psychotherapy, advocacy, development programmes and workshops. Read about our work and partners


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