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AIRE Centre named Women on the Move's Champion of the Year!

7 March 2014

On 6 March the AIRE Centre became the proud recipient of the Champion Award from The Women on the Move Awards organization.  

The Women on the Move Awards were established in 2012 and honours individuals and organisations who strive to empower migrant and refugee women. In 2014 many inspiring people worked to ensure that the stories of these migrant and refugee women, and the human impact of the immense challenges they face, were brought to light.  

And as one of the recipients keenly pointed out ‘While the women’s movement is good for women, it is even better for men’!

The AIRE Centre continues to work tirelessly to ensure that individuals and families benefit from the rights under European law to which they are entitled and to enable them to assert these rights.  In 2013 we were able to provide free legal advice to over 100 victims of domestic violence and 30 victims of trafficking. 

The AIRE Centre’s Director, Matthew Evans, who received the award on behalf of the organisation, highlighted that providing free legal assistance to vulnerable and marginalised migrant women is ever more important in the face of continued cuts to legal aid, and the closing of the Refugee & Migrant Justice and Immigrant Advisory Service.

During a month that celebrates International Women’s Day (and throughout the year!) the AIRE Centre welcomes support from all those who want to get involved and help us continue our work. As Roger Baldwin, founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, said:  “Silence never won rights. They are not handed down from above; they are forced by pressures from below

The AIRE Centre, in collaboration with the migrant women it represents, has been placing this type of pressure for over 20 years and we are extremely grateful to the organisers of the Women on the Move Awards for their recognition of our work.

 

If you would like to support the work of the AIRE Centre please get in touch!

Keep an eye on our twitter @AIRECentre for updates on our work    

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