Episode 60: Sarah McGrath of Women for Women France Helps when the Dream Becomes a Nightmare
Welcome to Episode 60 of Profiles in Franceformation. I’m your host, Allison Grant Lounes, and this week, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day with an episode on a very important topic that can affect any woman moving to France. Sarah McGrath is an Australian woman who volunteered as a advocate for domestic violence survivors at home, before moving to France and becoming the founder of Women for Women France. Women for Women France is a non-profit organization that helps immigrant women in France who are subjected to physical abuse, coercive control, and administrative and financial abuse to navigate the complex legal system which is difficult to navigate in a foreign language and which so often fails to adequately support victims. Women for Women France also provides an informational portal in 15 languages, including English, which provides information on legal procedures and helps women to understand issues like child custody and their immigration situation in the event it’s tied to their relationship status.Women for Women France is doing incredibly important work supporting immigrant women in France, and I am proud that Your Franceformation made an €1800 donation in December to help fund these important resources. This week, I’d like to ask you to join me in donating, and I would love it if our community of listeners and Americans in France could collectively donate another €1800. Please check out the link in the show notes or on my Facebook page to join our efforts.Before we begin, I want to warn you that usually, the Profiles in Franceformation podcast is fairly light and child-friendly, but in this episode, we’re going to talk about feminicide, male violence against women, and domestic violence and coercive control, so you may want to listen away from little ears.And now, it’s my pleasure to introduce Sarah McGrath, of Women for Women France. Sarah founded Women for Women France in 2018 and has 17 years of financial governance and complex project delivery experience in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors across three continents with budgets ranging from 5m to 750m USD. An Australian immigrant living in France since 2016, and close to the stories of her family’s journey as refugees from Eastern Europe to New Zealand, Sarah is engaged in the fight against the vilification and dehumanisation of migrants from all countries of origin. She advocates for cultural and systemic change within first-contact victim services and within the French judicial system, and is calling elimination of the culture of intersectional discrimination currently present.Women for Women France's multilingual portal can be accessed through their website: https://womenforwomenfrance.org/ and you can follow Women for Women France on social media: @womenforwomen on Instagram and WFW France on Facebook.In today's conversation, we talk about male violence against women and the many challenges that face immigrant women in France who are subjected to coercive control, financial and administrative abuse, and physical abuse, and the resources Women for Women France has put together to help women navigate these complex issues. Please join me in making a donation to Women for Women France in honor of International Women's Day: https://www.womenforwomenfrance.org/en/about-us/make-a-donationYour donation is tax-deductible in France and it helps fund important resources like the multilingual informational portal providing support to victim-survivors. Sarah and the team at Women for Women France will be grateful for your support.