Cumbria Multicultural Women’s Network brings together women of diverse cultures now living in Cumbria, for the purpose of acknowledging and celebrating individual heritage and traditions, sharing unique and collective experience, and nurturing skills and confidence; thus enhancing abilities to integrate with local community and pursue new opportunities.

What We Do

Learning together...
Campaigning for Change

20 members from CMWN Furness, Windermere and Kendal groups have taken part in the first phase training sessions with Oxfam's 'Routes to solidarity' project.  During 3 days of intensive training in Marcha and April we learned how we can work toether as groups to address some of the issues affecting many BME women, including CMWN members.

Oxfam has offered to work with CMWN to support us in the second phase: looking at ways we can develop more sustainable social enterprises and helping us to offer leadership in economic, social and political ways.

Following the training we have received through ‘Routes to Solidarity’, we will join with other credible groups to conduct a campaign to raise awareness about women who experience domestic violence but are unable to receive formal support because of their visa status - ie,. No Recourse to Public Funds.

Currently the situation for these women is bleak and we believe it to be in contravention of human rights.

Developing relationships with policymakers

Oxfam will work with CMWN and support them in building relationships with policymakers.  They will do this through face-to-face meetings, producing policy papers in response to government consultations, and highlighting how to benefit BME communities.

If you would like to talk to someone about issues related to domestic violence or you have problems due to your NRPF status, call this number (01229 833933  ) or email. 

If you would like official information regarding NRPF click here

If you are interested to learn more about Routes to solidarity campaign, go to Oxfam

If you want to know more about the CMWN campaign for change, contact:

Donika Begaj:
01229 833933

Andrea Aldridge:
07530 193964
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BME Women Learning Together about power, influence and visionary voice

"Excellent way of illustrating what it feels like to be in a minority group. Could have watched more! (Migrant Stories)"