What is happening on the front line: Covid-19 and Migrant women

Date Posted: Monday 11th May 2020

The report Migrant Women and the Economy looks at the distinct impact the immigration system is having on migrant women, which is further exacerbated by Covid- 19.

You can access the full report here.

You can access the report summary here.

As part of the launch of the report we spoke to organisations working on the front line to protect Migrant women from the impact of Covid- 19.

Guest speakers include:

MP Kate Osamor
Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters
Elizabeth Jiménez, Latin American Women’s Rights Service
Priscilla Dudhia, Women for Refugee Women
Noreen Bukhari, FWT – Foleshill Women’s Training

Watch the full discussion below.

Below are some links to provide you with further reading on the amazing work being done in the women’s sector to campaign and protect the rights of Migrant women. This includes the work of the above organisations who spoke spoke at our launch.

The Migrant women report was launched in partnership with Coventry Women’s Partnership (CWP). Find out more about CWP here.

Latin American Women’s Rights Service has written a report on Migrant women and labour exploitation. Access it here.

Professor Aisha K. Gill Ph.D. CBE has written a blog on tacking violence against women in BME communities. Read the full blog here.

Safety4Sisters is a small front line women’s organisation. They have written a blog on Migrant women and Gender Based Violence during Covid- 19. Read the blog here.

Women for Refugee Women have published a report on destitution for asylum seeking and refugee women ‘Will I Ever Be Safe?’ available here.

Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre is a member of the Coventry Women’s Partnership and they have published research on sexual violence within South Asian communities. Find out more here.

We published a report that found that housing is unaffordable for women in every English region. For Migrant women who have no access to public funds including housing provision the situation is even more stark. Access the full report here.

Latin American Women’s Rights Service  have written a report on the unheard workforce-  Experiences of Latin American Migrant women in cleaning, hospitality and domestic work. Access the report here.

The Domestic Abuse Bill does not go far enough to protect Migrant women. Southall Black Sisters have a briefing on how the Bill is excluding Migrant women and what needs to change in order to ensure Migrant women are protected. Access the briefing here.

End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW) have produced a briefing which looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to lead to increased levels of violence against women and girls in the UK, and what Government, business and members of the public should do to try and prevent. Read more here.