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What ZimWomenUK has achieved so far

 

 

  1. Stronger more representative community network addressing issues of migrant and asylum seeking women.

    'I don't know where I would have been had ZIWNUK not called me at the hospital that day and told me they were going to support me with the problems I was facing . I had nowhere to go, I had no papers and the only thing on my mind was to die. A worker at ZIWNUK referred me to social services as I was ill at the time, helped me apply for asylum. I am much better now and have somewhere to live' - Thembi

  2. Provided community presence and representation.
  3. Increased sense of belonging for our community.

    'When I come to the office (ZIWNUK offices) I feel at ease to ask questions and get help without feeling judged' - Ketiwe - ZIWNUK service user.

  4. Increased social stability and social cohesion.
  5. Increased ability of excluded groups to access services and influence decision makers.

    'When I was first diagnosed with HIV I thought that was the end of my life. I didn't know where to start because I did not have any papers. When a friend introduced me to ZIWNUK I was so afraid that they too would turn me away. Instead they helped me get specialist treatment despite my immigration status, they helped me to speak to my MP to help me with my immigration situation. They even wrote to the Home Office and through the support groups that I have been attending at ZIWNUK they taught me to speak with confidence even to the Home Office' - Anonymous

  6. Increased understanding of processes and enhance integration for new arrivals

    'I first came to England to look after my sister who was not well but then I also fell ill shortly after she had recovered. By this time my visitor's visa had run out. My sister said I could not work because of my status so I was stuck at home. She would not give me any money or any other support but to stay in the house and eat her food. With time our relationship became strained and she asked me to leave the house. I did not know where to go as I had not met anyone since I had come to England. She told me to go to Zimbabwe Women's Network. She did not say what they did but because it said Zimbabwe I felt comfortable going there. After telling them of my situation they told me not to worry and explained my options to me and eventually referred me to a lawyer who helped me. He did not charge me and that same night I was taken to a hostel' - Chipo 19

  7. Increased access to culturally sensitive and appropriate advice and support.
  8. Increased role in local processes and participation in all areas that helps with integration and increased social and economic benefits to society as a whole increased opportunity to address issues of social exclusion.