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Join Lawyers Against Poverty and our guest speakers on 14 November 2019, 18.30-21.00 at Simmons & Simmons, One Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9SS

Access to justice and rule of law are fundamental in securing and maintaining rights for disadvantaged groups in the UK and abroad. As lawyers, our members are able to provide strategic support, both as volunteers and through donations to our Justice Fund, in areas such as refugee rights, women’s rights… Read more

Report on Indigenous Leaders Listening Session – The Flourishing Diversity Series

Lawyers Against Poverty were delighted to co-host this inspirational event with Simmons & Simmons.  Attended by more than 125 guests including VIP ‘Listeners’ Benedict Cummerbatch, Sophie Hunter-Cummerbatch and Livia Firth, the indigenous leaders gave the audience a moving account of their struggles to retain and protect their lands.  Watch this… Read more

FGM

According to the World Health Organisation, it is estimated that more than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), with three million at risk every year. FGM is defined as the removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons (whether complete or incomplete)… Read more

An Account of Volunteering in Togo

With a population of around 7.6 million, Togo is one of the smallest countries in Africa, bordered by Benin, Ghana and Burkina Faso. Agriculture accounts for about 30% of its economy and it enjoys a well-developed export sector due to valuable phosphate deposits. Despite this, the country is suffering an… Read more

The Plight of Women Refugees

Research by Amnesty International exposes the inhumane and unsafe conditions that women refugees suffer in the course of transit to Europe and once they arrive. Interviewing 40 women and girls who had travelled from Turkey to Europe through Greece, the organisation recounted the consensus among them of feeling threatened or… Read more

Refugee Rights in 2018

On 10 December 2018, which marks seventy years since the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the same day in 1948, Amnesty International issued its annual review of the state of the world’s human rights. One area on which it focused was refugee rights in 2018 and… Read more

The Conditions in Moria Worsen

Last month, UNICEF issued a statement calling for children stranded in Moria on the island of Lesbos to be transferred to accommodation on mainland Greece. Many of the children are traumatised and vulnerable; they are in need of psychosocial support and at risk of violence in the camp. Conditions have… Read more

Saving Lives

On 3 September 2018, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) released a new report showing that migrants making the journey across the Mediterranean are encountering a more perilous crossing than ever before.  Thus far in 2018, more than 1,600 individuals forced to flee their homes have lost their lives in transit. … Read more

Education Paves the Way

The European Commission has approved a new assistance package of €400 million for the education of Syrian refugees in Turkey. The action to approve the aid is the first following the decision by EU Member States on how to finance the second trance of €3 billion for the EU Facility… Read more