BME women experience higher rates of domestic homicide and are three times more likely to die by suicide than other women in the UK. Many vulnerable women struggle to find a solution to their situation if they don’t know what services are available to them.

Ivié Itoje is a women’s rights advocate and a specialist in BME women’s issues. They currently train professionals and community members on how to support minoritised women experiencing gender-based violence.

They work at the London Black Women’s Project, a charity dedicated to ending Violence against Women and Girls. Prior to this, Ivié worked internationally for an NGO made up of lawyers and law professionals, engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights in Nigeria. She worked specifically supporting women on death row.

In this session from the Tackling Gender-Based Violence Conference 2021, Ivié shared their work at the London Back Women’s Project, helping women and girls with legal information, housing and homelessness, providing a safe space for healing and recovery through art, advice and advocacy, and therapeutic support.

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According to Women’s Aid women experience 35 incidents of domestic violence on average before reporting it to the Police. Ivié Itoje, a Legal Advisor at London’s Black Women’s Project shared the valuable work of the project in helping women out of dangerous circumstances.

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