KMEWO, Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women's Organisation in Britain

It is essential to continue providing support services to vulnerable women and girls from the Kurdish, Middle Eastern and North African communities in London and Islington. However, all face to face sessions and group activities had to be postponed until further notice.

Alternatively, front line One to One VAWG Advice and Advocacy Support, Counselling therapy and Employability support will be provided over telephone and online, including via video calls.  We have made all necessary arrangements to enable staff to provide quality services remotely.

See our timetable of online activities to support you. 

Staff will be available to respond to referrals and enquiries Mon-Fri, 9:30am – 5pm as followed: 

General Enquires: Sawsan - tel: 07748 851125 or email:

VAWG Advice/support & Counselling service: Avan – tel: 07557236874 or email:

Employment advice and support: Arinola – tel: 07767  363 551 or email:

Group activities & exercise classes: Sazan – tel: 07412 364046  or email: 

Free tablet scheme
The scheme is for women only. They can be given a free tablet if they meet three of the following criteria:

  • Resident in Islington (Haringey and Hackney)
  • Identify as BAMER
  • Have No Recourse to Public Funds
  • Seeking employment
  • In receipt of benefits / low income
  • Survivor of VAWG

To request a tablet, email

Usual Service:

KMEWO’s core services to Kurdish, Middle Eastern and North African (KMENA) women living in London are provided FREE in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental and a women only environment. They include:

-       General advice and information on issues of Welfare benefit and housing.

-       Specialist advice and advocacy support for survivors of Domestic Abuse and Harmful Traditional Practices.

-       Confidence building through group therapy, information workshops and outings, mentoring and peer support and volunteering opportunities.

-       Therapeutic counselling services in several languages including Arabic and Kurdish. 

-       ESOL (1, 2 and 3), IT, Employability skills, Child care and Teaching assistance skills courses.

-       Advice and support in employability and progression to further education.

-       Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) helpline and Advice line

Staff name

Work area 



Working days

Working times

Sawsan Salim

Director / general enquiries

07748 851125      

Mon – Fri


Avan Dawood

VAWG Advice/support & Counselling services


Mon - Fri

9:30am-5 pm

Arinola Oladejo:

Employment advice and support,

07767  363 551

Mon & Tues

9:30am -5 pm

Sazan Salih

Group activities & exercise classes

07412 364046

Mon -Thurs.

9:30-1pm (Mon.) 9:30am -5pm

Gona Saed

Fundraising and partnerships


Mon, Tues & Thurs.


Who to contact

020 7263 1027 (Office) 020 7263 1027 (Office) 07748 851125 (VAWG helpline and ESOL information) 07748 851125 (VAWG helpline and ESOL information) 07557236874 (VAWG Advice Line) 07557236874 (VAWG Advice Line) 07412364046 (Women's Education and Training Line) 07412364046 (Women's Education and Training Line)
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Caxton House
129, St John's Way
N19 3RQ

Time / date details

Opening times/date
Open Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 5.30pm. Telephone Helpline : Out of working hours service

Other Details

Who is this service for?
Kurdish, Middle Eastern and North African women who are migrants, Refugees or asylum seekers, newly arrived or settled in the UK for a long time.
Can I refer myself?
Referral not required
Referral Details

Women can refer themselves or other women by calling any of the telephone numbers provided or walking into the office.

Professionals need to complete a referral form from our website :

Additional Languages
Arabic, Kurdish (Sorani), Farsi, Dari, Tigrinya and several other languages Support for non-English speakers is always available

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