Conference: Challenging inequalities, bridging gaps and ensuring fairness

16th October 2015, Islington Town Hall, N1 2UD

Islington BAMER Women’s Network held a conference Challenging inequalities, bridging gaps and ensuring fairness on 16th October 2015.

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IMECE Women’s Centre  is a woman only registered charity and company limited by guarantee, set up in 1982.  Its aim is to empower Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BMER) women, particularly Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot women and improve quality of their lives.

We are part of several networks, forums and boards where we represent the interests of black and ethnic minority communities.

IMECE’s Values

Followings are fundamental values that we base our work on:

  • Equal access
  • User led
  • Confidentiality
  • Non judgemental approach
  • Open Complaint


WITH SPECIAL GUESTS ÇIĞDEM ASLAN AND REEM KELANI Join us for a beautiful evening of enchanting music with two of London’s most exquisite female musicians. All proceeds from the concert will go directly towards IMECE’s work challenging inequality, promoting women’s empowerment and ensuring women can claim and enjoy their rights and achieve independent lives. Ticket are £15.50 and can be purchased here Friday 18 March Saint Luke’s Church West Holloway, London, N7 9RE Refreshments will be available. Çiğdem Aslan is an Istanbul-born singer who sings in many languages and regional styles, including Turkish, Kurdish, Greek, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Roma, and Ladino. Coming from Kurdish Alevi background, in which music is one of the pivotal elements of the culture, she grew up with the rich sounds of her culture and then gradually met with the other sounds of Istanbul and beyond. The singer Reem Kelani was born in Manchester, brought up in Kuwait and lives in London. For Reem as a Palestinian, liberation from oppression and the freedom to celebrate one’s culture are central themes in her work. Reem has given a series of performances in Istanbul and Nusaybin, with her own band, with Kardeş Türküler and with the late, great Selim Sesler. Reem will be accompanied by Al MacSween on piano.... read more









Samira Project

Samira Project is a violence against BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugees) women and girls outreach project.
It is a partnership project between LAWA (Latin American Women’s Aid and IMECE (Turkish Women Speaking Group) providing advice, information and support to women from BAMER background in Islington who are experiencing any form of violence.

Volunteer Project

Empowering Turkish/Kurdish/Turkish Cypriot women who are unemployed and looking for work, in a safe and confidential environment and providing assistance to gain employability skills and experience in the UK.

ASCENT- Imece VAWG Services

ASCENT is a project of the London VAWG Consortium (made up of 22 organisations) made up of six partnerships funded by London Councils to deliver a range of services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.


Imece have organised Purple Day, the women’s film event as part of 20th London Turkish Film Festival, on 10 May 2015 at Rio Cinema.

There were 178 participants and the event programme included, screening of ‘Last Stop: Salvation’, discussion panel and reception. In the discussion panel the speakers, Mizgin Mujde Arslan ,film director and screenwriter, Feride Kumbasar ,Director of Imece Women’s Centre and Gulsun Kanat from Power of Solidarity spoke about womens issues from different angles.

The reception following the panels enabled the participants to network and share experiences.

IMECE Women’s Centre

2 Newington Green Road,
Islington, London N1 4RX


IMECE Women’s Centre

2 Newington Green Road,
Islington, London N1 4RX


Contact details:

Office Line: 0203 227 3580
Advice and Information Line: 0207 354 1359


Volunteer at IMECE

We recruit volunteers to support us on the following areas:

  • Running help line and reception
  • Providing information and advice
  • Supporting survivors of Violence Against Women
  • Providing counselling
  • Outreach
  • Assisting English classes
  • Involving in research and networking meetings
  • Organising trips, events, workshops and discussion groups

The volunteer will receive training and supervision to enable them to carry out the above task.



One can become a supporter of the IMECE Women Centre if they are a woman and support the values of the IMECE Women Centre.

If you would like to become an individual member please download our membership form and post back to us.

There is a £2 application handling fee.