About Us

IMECE Women’s Centre stands against all forms of violence against women and girls. We support and empower Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot Turkish women and Black, Asian, minority ethnic, refugee (BAMER) and migrant women to improve the quality of their lives.

Established in 1982, IMECE Women’s Centre is a women-only space. We work with all those who self-identify as women.

Our vision is a society where all BAMER women and girls are able to pursue their dreams and enjoy their lives free from all forms of violence, discrimination and prejudice.

We are a specialist ‘by and for’ BAMER women’s organisation challenging women’s inequality. We deliver holistic services which support women to assert and enjoy their rights and achieve their aspirations. We work collaboratively with women themselves to design and deliver the services that meet their needs.

IMECE Women’s Centre is a feminist organisation with human rights at our core. Our values reflect our history and were developed in consultation with staff, service users, volunteers and trustees.

  • User-led and run by and for BAMER women
  • Intersectional in our approach: recognising impact of multiple discrimination upon BAMER women
  • Dynamic and responsive
  • Inclusive and committed to diversity and equality
  • Sisterhood and solidarity informs everything we do
  • Reflective: always questioning and always learning

Here is the impact of Imece’s work during 2018-2019 period:

  • We worked with 3,500 service users across all of our service areas – advice, VAWG, counselling, groupwork, training, events and satellite services.
  • We had 494 face-to-face advice and information appointments and drop-ins and 188 women have been accessed.
  • We responded to a total of 1,489 telephone enquiries of which 1,076 were BAMER women seeking advice and information on issues pertaining to VAWG, housing, welfare benefits, health, poverty and discrimination and 413 were professionals across a braid range of sectors.
  • 357 BAMER women accessed our services, with their completed risk assessments and co-produced safety and support plans.
  • We delivered 1,296 one-to-one counselling sessions in mother tongue to 168 women.
  • We organised 47 Tea Time group work sessions with the attendance of 380 women.
  • We arranged 7 community engagement and awareness-raising events at various locations across London with the attendance of 300 women.
  • Our pan-London services benefitted BAMER women in 26 of London’s 32 boroughs.
  • We provided training to 320 professionals and practitioners in London on VAWG.
  • 1,247 children, young people and teachers participated in healthy relationship workshops IMECE ran in schools.