Ashiana works from a rights-based approach and the premise that VAWG is gender-based violence and a human rights issue. Our work, therefore, is based on the definition in the UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Our mission is to: Empower Black & Minority Ethnic women, particularly South Asian, Turkish and Middle Eastern women and girls, with culturally sensitive advice, support and safe housing – enabling them to make positive and appropriate choices for themselves.
Ashiana is an organisation working within feminist principles.
We acknowledge that many women at risk of violence against women and girls [VAWG] want to seek support from ‘women’ only services where they will also have access to ‘women’ only space. We will also ensure that the needs of BME women are addressed across all services in line with the ethos of ‘led by and for’.
This means we provide an environment where women are safer and feel as they are being listened to and heard.