#Past Event 

25th November 2015 #LightaCandle15


This is not my destiny
Reflecting on Forced Marriage
in England and Wales

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Bawso Dancing Classes

Date a Day: Every Tuesday from 21st January 2014

Venue: Clarence House, Clarence Road, Cardiff, CF10 5FB

Time: From 5pm to 6pm

Cost: only £3 per person per session 


Please contact Lorraine Griffiths for more information and registration on 02920644633 or lorraine@bawso.org.uk




Light a Candle
The International Day to
Eliminate Violence Against Women

Monday, 25th November 2013

11 am -12 pm at Llandaff Cathedral.

Guest speakers:
Local Government Minister and Survivors.
Walk with us to the Cathedral from

BAWSO, 9 Cathedral Road.

Meet at 10 am & bring banners/ placards!
Lunch & bazaar at Bawso
to raise money for women
with no recourse to public funds.

Over half of young women in the UK, aged 18-21 reported
experiencing at least one abusive incident from a boyfriend,
husband or partner – Refuge and YouGov Survey, 2009.

In 2011 - 2012, 1.2 million of women report having
experienced domestic abuse – Office for National Statistics
(ONS), 2013.

24.000 girls are thought to be at risk of genital
Mutilation in the UK – Plan Uk.

There were 2255 potential victims of trafficking identified in
the UK. 55% of the victims are female – United Kingdom
Human Trafficking Centre, 2012.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Forced Marriage
Unit (FMU) records 1485 cases of a possible forced marriage
in UK. 82% involved female victims – FMU.
Key Facts About
Violence Against Women in the UK





Celebrating International Women's Day 2013


Bawso in association with Cardiff & Vale College; Cathays High School; Cardiff High School; Henna Foundation; Bangladeshi Reference Group & Sklp Samaj Cardiff presents:


‘The Forced Marriage Play’

Monday 25th March 2013

9am to 1pm

@ Shree Kutchi Leva Patel Samaj

Community Centre, Mardy Street, Cardiff, CF11 6QT (Directions)


Main Speaker:

Jane Hutt AM, Minister for Finance and Leader of the House

There will also be an opportunity to hear a testimonial and join a discussion with the actors.

All Welcome

Lunch will be provided


Please email angelique@bawso.org.uk  or Tel: 02920 644633 to confim your attendance and any childcare, interpreting or dietary requirements




Sign the petition to stop the UK Government from failing to protect victims of HumanTrafficking


Celebrate International Women's Day 2013 and urge the UK Government to keep its commitments to the human rights of trafficking victims.

Please sign the Anti-Trafficking Forum Wales petition to encourage the UK Government to sign up to the EU Directive to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings- before 6th April

Further information & sign the petition 



Cardiff taxis join the fight against human trafficking


The Cardiff and District branch of Soroptimists International (SI) and Bawso are commemorating International Women’s Day 2013 by launching a joint campaign to fight Human Trafficking.

Window stickers will be distributed to taxi drivers around Cardiff and members of the public are being encouraged to ring 0800 731 8147 (24hrs) and anonymously pass on information about forced labour and sexual exploitation.

Dr Mwenya Chimba, Director of Violence Against Women at Bawso said;

“Human Trafficking is something that the majority of people in Wales have little or no knowledge of, however as a society, it is an issue that we all need to be aware of. Trafficking exists in Wales and it is not only confined to the big cities.

Whilst hundreds of people have been identified as victims of trafficking in the UK, only 29 people were convicted of Human Trafficking in 2010. Traffickers have been able to use the fact that professionals may not be fully aware of the issue. We are asking members of the public to contact us in confidence and pass on any information they might have about those who are committing this serious crime.

It is hoped that the taxi stickers will increase awareness of Human Trafficking and enable victims to be identified and supported. By doing this it will make it difficult for traffickers to use Wales as a destination”.

Read Western Mail article 




Everyone has part in tackling 'modern slavery', says anti-trafficking coordinator 



Modern-day slavery is not a hidden crime and every person has a part to play in rescuing victims from their misery.

Stephen Chapman said Wales is now leading the way when it comes to tackling the illegal trade of human trafficking and other nations are watching its work with interest.

In an article recently published in the Western Mail, the new anti trafficking coordinator for Wales also has praised the work of Bawso; "We are very lucky to have Bawso, which is a very capable organisation that gives support across Wales."

Anecdotal evidence collected by charities like the BAWSO has found that victims often do not come forward because they wrongly believe they will be deported, he said, while others are threatened by their traffickers.

 “There is a fear of retribution on their families, and let’s not beat around the bush – that could be death

They may also feel that they are in the country illegally, which they might not be, and they might feel that they will be imprisoned or deported because they have been forced into criminality.


Steve Chapman & Bawso CEO Mutale Merrill, OBE

 at the International Conference on Human Trafficking: 21st Nov 2012, Cardiff


Read Wales Online article




Royal Reception to Highlight Sexual Violence

Angelina Rodriques Dep CEO @Bawso attended a reception hosted by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to highlight sexual violence.


Camilla takes leading role in fight to help rape victims: The Times 2nd Feb 2012


International Conference on Human Trafficking


Over 300 people came together in Cardiff on 21st November 2012 in response to the growing need to raise public awareness and improve support for victims of Human Trafficking.

Conference presentations & further information




  White Ribbon Day Campaign 2012

White Ribbon Day is held on November 25 each year and is designated by the UN as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The White Ribbon is a symbol of hope for a world where women and girls can live free from the fear of violence. Wearing the ribbon is about challenging the acceptability of violence - by getting men involved, helping women to break the silence, and encouraging everyone to come together to build a better world for all.

To mark this day BAWSO has had various events across Wales including:


Light a Candle to Commemorate the International Day to End Violence Against Women

BAWSO and Welsh Women's Aid hosted a multi-faith service at Llandaff Cathedral to mark International Day to End Violence Against Women.

This year our chosen theme was; VIOLENCE AGAINST YOUNG WOMEN

Bawso on the march to Llandaff Cathedral.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on the march, at the Cathedral and at the lunch back at the Bawso office.

Bawso and Women's Aid are grateful to Cannon Holcombe who led the service at Llandaff Cathedral.

Special thanks to Kaleigh, a service user from LLamau who spoke about her experience of abuse in her childhood.




Rag Rug Display


A Rag Rug has been made by volunteers and women supported by Bawso who are affected by domestic abuse and other forms of abuse.

Both the finished rug and the flowers have been displayed in Oxfam window on St. Mary’s Street, Cardiff.

Thank you to Bawso volunteer Kazari Getz who has been travelling throughout Wales working with the women.




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