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Project information

Abused No More

The project targets refugee and asylum seeking women aiming to increase their legal literacy through user-led training provision, in order to enable them to address and assert their rights when facing gender based violence and abuse such as Female Genital Mutilation and domestic violence.

September 2015 - August 2018

Charity information: The IARS International Institute

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  • Need


    The project is based on research that was conducted with young women in the UK, Poland, Italy and Romania. The research revealed that lack of knowledge of basic rights leads to a vicious circle of further marginalisation and exclusion. Social exclusion and marginalisation are multi-faceted issues and require a multiple response. However, currently there is a substantial gap in education and training services across the UK that our work aims to bridge.


    “Abused no more”, utilises the notion of legal literacy in an innovative way to prevent marginalisation and abuse. Using user-led methodologies addresses gaps in education and training provision for refugee asylum seeking women in relation to anti-discrimination and abuse. Based on the findings of the research we will develop and deliver face to face and online training services to our beneficiaries that will aim to increase their legal capability.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Work directly with refugee women, vulnerable to discrimination to increase their legal skills


    » Develop face to face training sessions and deliver them to women who are more vulnerable to discrimination and abuse.

    What success will look like

    Organise an international conference in September 2018 to share evidence and knowledge of the project outcomes with policy makers, youth practitioners, academia and women

  • Impact


    Through the implementation of the project's innovative practices and training programme, AnM is expected to help bring about EU-wide institutional and cultural change, improve services provided to marginalised women experiencing exclusion and discrimination and abuse, while fostering social equity and inclusion. The project will create a paradigm of user-led models of training and education.


    We have identified the following risks:
    Risk in relation to
    Participants: to ensure adequate numbers and spread, an appropriate recruitment strategy is in place that targets marginalised youth.
    Geographical spread: to ensure an even and coordinated delivery across the UK we work in partnership with national organisations up and down the country.
    Wide spread of the practical results (training) - we will translate practical results in various languages and develop online training sessions.


    We have developed an Theory of Change Model that assesses the impact of the project throughout its delivery. Every year produce an project impact evaluation report that is co-produced with our young people which we will be able to share with donors and project supporters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Face to face training Holding ten face to face training sessions with marginalised youth

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Erasmus £162,364 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will be delivered in London.


    Marginalised BAME refugee and asylum seeking women at risk of gender based violence and abuse with particular focus on those that face multiple and intersectional discrimination based on age, gender and ethnicity.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    IARS is a user-led, UK-based leading, international institute with a charitable mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. We have accredited training programmes for young people, professionals serving them as well as youth organisations. Working for more than 10 years in the area of youth, we have developed a numerous strong partnerships with civil society organisations, statutory and non-statutory bodies and educational institutions.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rosa Heimer

    Rosa is the IARS Project's Coordinator for Equalities. She will organise, deliver and evaluate the project's activities.