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Women and Climate Change

Our chair, Dania Thomas, recently spoke about UWS are responding to climate change.

You can watch the video here, or below.

Intro from Gabrielle Macbeth (GWL) Start to 6:20
Intro from Caroline Gausden (GWL) 6:20– 11:20
Intro from Gemma Lawrence (Creative Carbon) 11:20– 19:00
Dania Thomas (Ubuntu Women Shelter) 19:00– 28:50
Clem Sandison (Glasgow Community Food Network) 28:51– 44:15
Nicole Paterson (Climate Ready Clyde Board) 44:45– 55:50
Question and Answer 55:50– 1:28:50

Work with us

We have a number of positions coming up. The closing date for applications is 5pm, 5th April 2021.

To request a recruitment pack please email Chair (AT)
For more information please download the pdf.

The available roles are:

*Specialist VAWG Advocate – 35hrs per week.

*Outreach Development Worker – 18hrs per week.

*Administrator – 25hrs per week.

*Wellbeing Development Worker – 12hrs pr week.

Press Statement

We have a clear policy that we do not speak to the press on behalf of any of the womxn that we support however, we are happy to have a constructive conversation about the inhumane hostile environment, the unjust asylum system and the reparations work that we do for communities that continue to be harmed by the state, including a call to defund the carceral profit-driven immigration system.


Naggayi Angella andher  children

Fundraiser for Naggayi Angella’s young children

“In life, we love you dearly, in death we love you still, in our hearts you hold a place no one will ever fill.” Annmarie Yiga, daughter 12 years

“Mummy was a nice caring person who loved me so much.” John Jeremiah Mugisha, son 8 years

We, the friends and family of Naggayi Angella ‘Grace’, from across the world in Kampala, Glasgow, London, Ireland, Canada have set up this fundraising appeal on behalf of her two beloved children, Annmarie and John. We mourn the loss of our Amazing Grace, our soul sister and spiritual guide to COVID-19. Angella was a devoted mummy to her two loving children who now walk alone, their heads held high, strong in their faith and always guided by the bright light of her deep love.

Angella was a trainee Mental Health nurse studying at Edinburgh Napier University and worked in Community Integrated Care. She qualified with a social science degree from Nkumba University. Before that she was a professional who worked in the Insurance sector in Kampala. Angella was an active member of her church congregations as spiritual director and one of the founders of the St Padre Pio prayer group in Croydon.  Annmarie sums up her mother’s life with these words ‘I love everything about her and miss everything about her. I love how she always took time to squeeze in her faith no matter how tired she was.”

Angella was a single mum with no family in the UK; and she relished every moment of her motherly responsibility with utmost dedication. She made a trail of memorable friends among children, young people and adults, touching lives and making true friends wherever she went. Angella’s only wish until she slipped into a coma two weeks ago was for her children to be happy and successful.

Please join us to help the children fulfil their Mum’s last wish to be buried at her ancestral home in Uganda and give them some financial security to fortify their uncertain journey ahead.

Further details:

Angella left her children with a friend, a single mother with two children of her own. We have been supporting her for a couple of months. She reached out to us when Angella was unwell. Angella entrusted the care of her children to this friend and named her as next of kin. We are continuing to support her and the children through this difficult time.

We have also been in constant communication with Angella’s family, her church groups and the Ugandan community in Glasgow, London, Ireland and Canada to develop the GoFundMe page and arrange how the funds can be used in the best interest of the children.

We have spoken to Angella’s priest in the local church who is making the funeral arrangements to repatriate the body and arrange funeral rites. This is estimated to cost £6000. The remaining money will be transferred to a trust fund in the name of the children. Until this is arranged, all the money raised will be kept in our charity bank account and ring-fenced for the children. We are currently in the process of arranging a lawyer specialising in Wills and Estates in Scotland to set up this trust fund. 

We thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. 

From 10-24 July, GSFF is proud to present DIVE IN Cinema, a two-week online screening series co-programmed by a cohort of Scottish independent exhibitors and film festivals. 

DIVE IN Cinema offers a mixture of features and short films across fiction, documentary and experimental work, as well as a few filmmaker conversations. Each screening is programmed by one of the contributing exhibitors and is available on demand for UK audiences for 48 hours, with a new programme released at 10am every day.

All screenings are FREE to view within the UK, however GSFF is collecting donations for Scottish charities The Unity Centre and Ubuntu Women Shelter. The Unity Centre provides advice and support to asylum seekers and migrants in Scotland. Ubuntu Women Shelter is a Glasgow-based charity that provides emergency accommodation needs for women with no recourse to public funds. There is a payment link to donate when you enter the hub.

Screenings are captioned for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences. Content notes per film will be listed on the online platform as appropriate.

DIVE IN Cinema is a collaboration between Africa in Motion, Alchemy Film & Arts, Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Central Scotland Documentary Festival, Dardishi, GSFF, IberoDocs, LUX Scotland, Matchbox Cineclub, Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Screen Argyll and Take One Action.


UNTIED Updates

It has been reported by people within the hotel that they are only being offered ibuprofen and sleeping tablets instead of mental health support – this is unacceptable.

We have seen first-hand how the absence of sustained, trauma- informed support compounds the trauma of womxn already hurt by state violence in their home countries, who are then re-traumatised by the inhumane asylum system and its engrained racialized logic that enforced destitution will incentivize voluntary returns.

In our direct support we have witnessed signs of asylum process related trauma. We believe this is part of a complex and multifaceted individual response and reaction to their life situations, and it is largely attributable to an asylum process designed to question their credibility and undermine their lived experience at every stage.

As part of our UNTIED (Ubuntu New Trauma-Informed Destitution support) programme, we are offering psychosocial support with our in-house licensed counsellor for the womxn residing in the hotel.

Please contact us for more information if you or anyone you know (womxn only) is in need of mental health support or contact our counsellor directly at or call to find out more at +44 7543 491900

Image from the BLM Matter protest at Glasgow Green, Sunday 7th June 2020.

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