The IARS International Institute vehemently condemns yesterday’s Finsbury Park terrorist attack on innocent people, an attack to the core democratic and diversity principles of our society. Our hearts and solidarity go out to the friends and families of those affected as well as to the whole Muslim community.
This was a heartless attack on Muslim communities who have now for long been targeted by islamophobia and violent hate crimes as a result of being unfairly scapegoated and associated with terrorism.
Today, on the 20th of June 2017 marks this years’ World Refugee Day, and the IARS would like to invite you to celebrate the resilience and courage of refugees during this week. The refugee week is about recognising refugees’ contribution to our communities and within the UK as a whole. Here at IARS we are committed to empowering refugees through making their voices heard and raising awareness for the protection and safe guarding of their rights.
Last Monday I had the opportunity to attend to an event on “Hate Crime: Cause & Effect”, organized by the Equality and Diversity Forum & the University of Sussex, School of Law, Politics & Sociology. The event was very interesting and very timely, especially given the peaks of hate crime following the two recent attacks in London.
This last Monday 5th of June a collection of 20 BME organisations launched the Race Equality Manifesto. The manifesto asks for the voices of Black and Minority Ethnic groups to be heard in today’s snap general elections as its outcomes will inevitably profoundly impact on BME and migrant communities.
The IARS’s Women’s Advisory Board, a group formed by 10 Refugee and Asylum Seeking women participants of the Comic Relief funded Gender and Justice Empowerment Project, would like to draw your attention to our Manifesto for the UK ratification of the Istanbul Convention. The rationale behind this manifesto is to welcome a recent UK law to ratify the Istanbul Convention, and to bring attention to its nondiscriminatory in relation to migrant and refugee women.
The new free IARS online training course, Empowering professionals to work with Refugee and Asylum Seeking women, understanding their experiences of fleeing violence and respecting their rights under the EU Victims Directive, is aimed at empowering professionals to better understand the unique experiences of asylum seeking women most at risk of victimisation. With a particular focus on th
Following the success of the EpsiLon Project International Conference on 'LGBTI refugees and migrants: the situation in Greece and Europe’ held in Athens last week, we are now back on track and working towards developing the second project output. The partnership is now developing a curriculum for a face-to-face training to equip professional and volunteers to better understand the realities of LGBTI refugees.
Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election to take place on 8th of June, since then 930,000 people have applied to register to vote. Of these, more than 390,000 were aged under 25 - 42% of the total. On the day the election was called 57,987 people under 25 registered to vote - more than any other age group. Young people from BAME groups are often isolated from mainstream politics and feel like nothing will change whoever they vote for. Who can we rely on to keep our best interests at heart?
The IARS International Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its free e-learning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited course entitled “Empowering professionals to work with Refugee and Asylum Seeking women, understanding their experiences of fleeing violence and respecting their rights under the EU Victims Directive”.