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Aisha K. Gill

Aisha K. Gill is crowdfunding

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raised of £6,000 target by 166 supporters

Weʼre raising £6,000 to support women and children, survivors of abuse who have no recourse to public funds [NRPF] during Covid-19

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Domestic violence and abuse is everybody’s problem. It cuts across age, class, race, religion or belief, gender, sex and sexual orientation. The UK’s lockdown measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic encouraged people to stay at home. But for those living with perpetrators of domestic abuse, this posed a greater risk than COVID itself. Over the last six months, some domestic abuse support services have reported a 900% rise in calls asking for help.

Overwhelmingly, those in need of support are Black and minority ethnic (BME) and refugee women, who face heightened risks because of their gender, race, religion and class. The UK government’s 2012 ‘hostile environment’ policy has removed these women’s access to many basic services through ‘no resource to public funds’ (NPRF) measures, which means they have no access to refuge services and must choose between staying with their abusers or trying to survive on the streets. The pandemic has only made this worse. While the government has recognised the increase in domestic violence during lockdown, recent policy briefings have given little attention to the specific impact this is having on BME organisations and the communities they serve. That’s why we need your help.

Your support is critical. If you can make a minimum donation of just £20.00, you’ll help us deliver emergency care boxes over the Christmas holiday period for women and children who are being temporarily supported by Ashiana Network [https://www.ashiana.org.uk/], Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation [http://ikwro.org.uk/], London Black Women’s Project [https://www.lbwp.co/], Southall Black Sisters [https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/] and Sistah Space [https://www.sistahspace.org/].

Cases we are supporting

Ashiana Network

“Since arriving at Ashiana Network, I have felt safe and looked after. They are supporting me with my immigration status, my welfare benefit matters and my mental health, and give me a weekly subsistence at the refuge. My key worker has helped me improve my English so I can fill out forms and use emails, and has supported me in court for my universal credit appeal. Ashiana Network also provided me with food donations when we were in lockdown.”

London Black Women’s Project (LBWP)

“Our legal team worked tirelessly to get our client, an essential worker who had leave to remain but with an NPRF attachment, to safety: we made an urgent S.17 referral to Children’s Services, stating that they had a duty to protect our client and her children. We then helped our client access specialist immigration advice and successfully apply for a Change of Conditions, which means she now has access to benefits so she can better support herself and her children during this uncertain time. Our client is finally safe.”

Southall Black Sisters

“I came to SBS in tears and with £4 in my bank account. I am overwhelmed by how they have helped me. They have given me emotional support and checked in on me every day. Now I’m [in emergency accommodation] at a safe distance from my matrimonial home. I am safe here. I will be referred to an immigration solicitor who will support me to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain under the Domestic Violence Rule. If successful, I will be able to stay in the UK independently. I am really looking forward to that day because it will give me the foundation I need to get on with my life.”

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    Just a note of immense thanks for your amazing support to date. It has been phenomenal. I know some of you have been trying to contact me to discuss offering donations/activities for survivors of abuse. Email: a.gill@roehampton.ac.uk In seva, Aisha K. Gill

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166

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 4, 2020

    £20.00

  • Rashpal

    Rashpal

    Dec 2, 2020

    £30.00

  • Y Khan

    Y Khan

    Dec 1, 2020

    Keep the amazing work you up x

    £100.00

  • julie

    julie

    Dec 1, 2020

    £10.00

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    Anonymous

    Dec 1, 2020

    £30.00

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    Nov 30, 2020

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    Nov 29, 2020

    £50.00

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Aisha K. Gill

Aisha K. Gill

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Aisha K. Gill has been involved in addressing the problem of violence against women and girls, as an activist, human rights defender, at the grassroots level for 20 years. She has challenged politicians to be more inclusive of Black and minority ethnic and refugee women's voices.

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