”Nuestros servicios: Ofrecemos servicios especializados gratuitos y confidenciales para mujeres latinoamericanas, incluyendo asesoramiento y terapia para mujeres enfrentando situaciones de violencia contra mujeres y niñas, asesoramiento legal en beneficios, vivienda, deuda, y derechos laborales, así como actividades de integración y actividades grupales donde puedes conocer otras mujeres de la comunidad.

Todos nuestros servicios son en español y portugués y ofrecemos guardería para mujeres con hijos/as accediendo a nuestros servicios.” By Lawrs

Sisters fight the pain of patriarchy

The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (A Vida Invisível) is a 2019 internationally acclaimed film directed by Karim Aïnouz based on the 2016 novel The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão by Martha Batalha.

It is based in Rio de Janeiro during the 1950s, two sisters struggle against repression and bigotry in a patriarchal era.

Read the Guardian Review

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Get paid to get into teaching!

Different Routes For Infant, Primary, Secondary and Higher Education in the UK 

Hello everyone! My name is Marina Ravicini and I wanted to share with you my ‘mini-research’ on how you can get the necessary qualifications to be able to work in the UK as a teacher. 

My academic background is in design and environment and, although I am still involved in projects and initiatives in this area, I decided to explore a career in education because of the job stability it represents and, let’s not deny it, the generous holidays it offers as well 🙂

Beyond these benefits,  I value the importance of working with young people in their formative years and I am excited to be part of their development as learners, citizens of the world and more importantly, as human beings. 

If you are not 100% sure if this is the right job for you, you can apply for jobs as teaching assistant, you do not need teaching qualifications and you can get a felling of what being a teacher is. Also it is a good way of practising English!

Teaching salaries vary according to experience. You can also watch this video below to get a felling what being a teacher really is:

One of the main barriers to working in this profession is the qualifications required. Below is a summary of what I have researched and I am happy to answer any questions or comments you may have. 

To become a qualified teacher in state schools across the UK you must undertake Initial Teacher Training (ITT) or Initial Teacher Education (ITE). 

Entry is generally competitive, but much less so for subjects such as science, maths, physics and languages such as French or Spanish! Because they are in high demand los Government provides grants and bursaries to help with the cost of training.

 Yes, that’s right! 

Completion of ITT leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England and Wales and Teaching Qualification (TQ) in Scotland. Completion of ITE  may not automatically lead to a QTS, so it is very important that you check the additional steps required to get QTS status when you finish your education.

There are so many training courses and programmes into teaching that it can get overwhelming. The following video explains them briefly and we will explain the most popular ones below  (adding external links for further information). *Remember that on the top right of this page there is an automatic translator so you can read this information in Spanish if you need to.

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT)

There are an undergraduate and postgraduate routes for those interested in early years education.  On completion of training for early years education, Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is acquired, which is equivalent to QTS, but only for working with children aged 0-5 years.

Various funding programmes are available.

If you want to learn about early years education please watch the video below. 


Degree in Education + Teaching Specialisation (with QTS certification)

This is a route chose for those who do not have a degree. To ensure that your degree or qualification allows you to teach in schools, you should choose a degree course that includes Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in the title for your chosen degree. 

This is a popular route into primary school teaching and may include the option of a specialisation, such as mathematics. Secondary teacher training courses would have a specialisation such as Physical Education with QTS, or MFL Spanish with QTS.

PGCE : Postgraduate Certificate in Education (ITE)

Another possible route is to do postgraduate teacher training or PGCE. 

A postgraduate academic qualification leading to QTS, the PGCE is a one-year course focused on developing your teaching skills and underpinning your knowledge. 

You will need to decide in advance if you want to be a primary teacher or a secondary teacher as the courses vary significantly. However they are not mutually exclusive, you will be able to switch if you want to.

For this you will need a university degree, plus other requirements, such as a DBS (criminal record) check. 

To be eligible for financial support, you must usually have settled status (for example, indefinite leave to remain and have been living in the UK throughout the 3 years immediately before the start of your course. Exceptions apply in some cases – for example, if you have been recognised as a refugee.

If you meet the eligibility requirements for a tuition fee loan, or tuition fee and maintenance loan, you may also be eligible for a teacher Bursaries and scholarships (only available in certain subjects.)

If your degree was obtained outside the UK you should check with the educational institution to ensure that your qualification meets the minimum requirements; you may be asked to formally legalise any overseas qualifications. For recognition of foreign qualifications and guidance on this,  they will want to see a statement of comparability de UK ENIC. 

If the concern is the cost of training, there is the possibility of assistantships, scholarships or funding from Student Finance UK. At the moment there are mostly scholarships for PGCE or QTS in science subjects and MFL (Modern Foreign Languages: Spanish / French).

Not all PGCEs offer QTS. To find out what is available, you can look into this search engine or  you can access more information on this link.

Train with a school or group of schools

School Direct

You will need an undergraduate degree.

Has a salaried route but availability is limited. The salaried route you will be employed as an unqualified teacher while you learn on the job. You can find opportunities aquí

On the unsalaried route you’ll be based in a school, but will also be taught by the university, college, or school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) that the school partners with. Loans and other funding are available. 


Teaching in the Further Education sector (FE)

Further education teachers teach a variety of subjects to students aged 16 and over, as well as to adults. They also work with students aged 14-16, with practical learning, technical qualifications and work experience.

You may not need a university degree or to pass skills tests; this depends on your vocational skills and pre-existing experience, the subject you plan to teach and the route you are taking. Find out more.

Where to find courses? 

Schools are free to choose which programme they wish to work with. The main programmes are described below: 

Programme: Future Teaching Scholars

Aimed at exceptional students (A-levels) who want to study mathematics or physics at university.  Future Teaching Scholars give the option to take this new six-year route into teaching these subjects. The programme provides school experience, tutoring support and a grant of £15,000.

Programme: Now Teach

The programme is aimed at professionals, using the skills and knowledge developed in their career to inspire students. At the moment they are particularly looking for candidates who wish to teach maths, computing, foreign languages (French and Spanish) and geography.

Typically, Now Teach participants are trained on the job by teaching in a secondary school, receiving a scholarship while they train and work a reduced schedule of four days a week. 

Programme: Researchers in Schools (RiS) 

RiS is a school-based, salaried teacher-researcher training programme.  Researchers who are about to finish or who have completed a PhD can apply as trainees in RiS and obtain QTS and NQT degrees at the end of two years.  

RiS is open to students completing or having completed PhDs in physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, geography, English and modern foreign languages (French, German or Spanish).

Programme: Teach First 

Teach First is a charity that aims to provide a fair education for all, and aims to work with schools that face great challenges, with students from low-income backgrounds and great economic and social disadvantage.

It is a two-year training programme, where you will gain a fully funded Graduate Diploma in Education and Leadership, worth double the credits of a PGCE. You work in the classroom and earn a salary from the start of the programme. 

Where to start ?

It is important to register as soon as possible on the GET INTO TEACHING website. Here you will find free webinars, information sessions, tutorials and free personalised assistance with the process of choosing routes and applications. 

If you are leaving your job and are considering teaching as an option register with Transition to Teach. Funded by the Department for Education, Transition to Teach is a programme designed to support career changers interested in teaching.

For the salaried training option (funded by the school or an organisation that trains teachers), it is important at the outset to make a list of local schools, academies and/or colleges or institutions of choice, and contact them asking whether they need teachers, whether they provide an initial training pathway and what the requirements are for starting work while training. If they need, for example, an MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) Spanish teacher, then it is best to ask if they offer the initial training there (or where it takes place) and ask for direct contact to enquire about the job and possibly submit an application for it. Also you can find opportunities aquí

By end of this post you will likely feed overwhelmed with so many options. Don’t be discouraged! You can get FREE one to one advice aquí  y here. 

You can also read the UK Government guidance for international applicants aquí and for understanding the UK school system here. 

You can get a felling of the job market aquíhere. 

Where to look for more information? 




UK ENIC European Network of Information Centres for advice on qualifications 

PROSPECTS Website / Routes into Teaching 

ARK TRAINING Languages, case study

Where to look for grants and funding? 

Training in England as an International Student

PROSPECTS Website funding information for Teacher Training

UK government guidance on teacher training and professional development

Female voices on reproductive rights

This blog includes the full statements of all contributors of the main blog post Pro Life and Pro Choice debate heats up 

The premise is to listen and respect all opinions and amplify the voices of those who are working in our community. Our only enemies are individualism and indifference. That’s why we include different voices below for those who are open to learning and (perhaps) changing their position. 

Hi everyone, I’m Romina. Morally, I have always opposed to the idea of ​​deciding on the lives of others and I never agreed with ”it is my body, I do what I want” mantra.

In cases where there was violence or medical conditions it is very clear to me. I recently had to terminate a pregnancy (much desired) because my baby suffered from Edward’s Syndrome and I don’t think anyone expects a mother to have a child to see it die in months?

For the other cases I think there are no morally ethical options. “If abortion is the product of carelessness, it is always unfortunate.” I am not saying this from a pedestal, years ago I myself chose to end a pregnancy because the minimum conditions were not met. It was the worst of evils, but it was still wrong. I remember watching on Youtube how a 14 week old ‘fetus’ was and it was clearly a baby, a life that I had decided to end. I did not want to bring into the world a child without maturity, family or economic solvency. I don’t regret it, but I remember crying in bed for weeks.

Luckily I did it in the UK, so I didn’t have to feel worse about walking into a clandestine clinic and putting my life at risk or fearing that the police would arrest me.

The situation in Latin America has to change urgently. Based on the Argentine experience, I hope that the new laws that are approved do not normalise this practice as a simple procedure. It is important to take the time to think about all the options and when there are couples I think that the man’s opinion is very important too. After all, if we decide to have him, we demand commitment, so I wonder if it is fair that the woman has the last word, in every situation. 

I think it should legitimise the woman’s (or couple’s) right to choose, although personally I would put a limit on the number of interventions allowed so as not to discourage prevention.

My final words are advice to those women who decide to have an abortion in the UK based on my past experience. I suspect that to save costs they are ‘incentivising’ women to go for the ‘chemical option’ which involves only taking medication. With all the women I talk about this experience, they had a very bad time. My pregnancy was very advanced and they gave me medication before the operation and I had a horrible time. They didn’t let my partner in either, until they saw me so badly that they let him in because I made a scandal. This should not be the case, it is a physically and emotionally painful process, so I recommend contacting the clinic in advance to clarify these issues before the day of the intervention.

I am Julieta,  local coordinator and part of the National Network of Support for Women with Vulnerable Pregnancies in Argentina. When we talk about abortion, it is very important to know what is in the womb, when human life begins. The biological fact is that human life begins at fertilisation. This is not a matter of opinion, nor of religion: it is what science has shown. The embryo IS in the mother’s body, but it IS not her body. It has its own DNA code from the get-go. It has its own heart that beats from 17 days after conception at its own pace. Abortion is deliberately ending that human life. If science has established that the embryo is a human being, then it should be considered a subject of rights, regardless of the circumstances in which it was conceived. Life is the first of rights, since without it, no other right is possible. This is recognised by many international treaties. For ex. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes that “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and the security of his person” (art 3). The American Convention on Human Rights clarifies that “a person is every human being” (art 1 inc.2). And that “Every person has the right to have his life respected. This right will be protected by law and, in general, from the moment of conception. No one can be arbitrarily deprived of life” (Art. 4, sub. 1). The State, then, has the obligation to ensure the right to life of all human beings, including the weakest, the unborn.

Many argue legal abortion is safe. The truth is that the only sure thing is that a son dies. The second victim is the mother, since, legal or illegal, it brings serious physical and psychological consequences. There is a danger of infection, haemorrhage, ablation of the uterus, and death. Here in Argentina we already have several cases, such as Keila Jones (Chubut) or María del Valle González López (Mendoza).

In addition, the promoters of abortion never mention the psychological damage caused by induced abortion. Anxiety, depression, addictions, self-injury, etc., are some of the symptoms that appear in the short or long term, in many women who have gone through it. These consequences, of which I am a witness, have been extensively studied in countries where abortion is already legal, and have even been recognised by the American Psychological Association. (The Impact of Abortion on Women’s Mental Health, 2008).

On the other hand, in countries like ours (with a high rate of poverty), when abortion becomes legal, it becomes the only solution offered to women who are going through a bad economic or family situation. Instead of solving the real problem (unemployment, marginalisation, domestic violence, etc.) she is offered an abortion, but they return to the same situation they were in, adding a new one to all their wounds: that of eliminating their own son. Abortion thus becomes an instrument of discrimination and social eugenics: instead of fighting poverty, the poor are eliminated. We see this daily through the women we support.

Let’s also take into account what the experience in other countries shows us: by legalising abortion, it increases exponentially, even being used as another method of contraception. That is, a human being is eliminated simply because it bothers. There are many reasons that I cannot put here due to lack of space. Even in cases as difficult as rape, the unborn child is still another innocent victim who must also be defended.

In conclusion, the law cannot support or promote a practice that causes not only the death of an innocent human being but also physical and psychological damage to women and their environment. There are other exits. More difficult and expensive, but more humane. We advocate for the material, psychological, medical and emotional accompaniment of these mothers, so that they can carry their pregnancy to a successful conclusion, heal their emotional wounds and can raise their child, and if this is not possible, that they have the possibility of giving it up for adoption.

Hello! I am Flor. I grew up in a Christian family, so I went to a convent school. Whether you like it or not, religion indoctrinates you a bit, about “what is right and what is wrong”, but my rebellious spirit led me, over time, to move away from the church. I had and have incredible family support. Friends that I keep from school who are the family I chose. I had the opportunity to study what I wanted and travel the world, which gave me perspectives and teachings that made me the woman I am today.

I never had an abortion, nor did I have the emotional or physical need to carry it out. My first (conscious) pregnancy was the product of a 4-month relationship. He was not wanted but he was already 32 years old, had a secure job, his own roof and iron human support. I never doubted having León, who is now 4 years old, alone or accompanied. I was lucky that León’s father felt the same uncertainty and emotion that I did, and since we felt super in love (with our scarce 4 months together) we carried out the pregnancy, with a lot of love. Today we also have Jasmine, who is 2 years old. My story has all positive overtones, like that of a Disney movie. But the reality is not only the one I lived, the context in which other women live is not the same as mine, so I understand that the decisions that other people feel they have to make are different from the ones I have made in my life .

In 2011 I started a social assistance NGO, and since then I have been a volunteer in provinces such as Chaco and Misiones, in Argentina, and also in India, Cambodia and Mozambique. The experiences and experiences that I have had have shaped my beliefs, thoughts and emotions. I am for and against abortion. I believe that there are valid arguments in both positions, and I think it is important to be open to debate. I never had any doubts about the legality of abortion in cases of rape, disability, lack of education and low resources, even in pregnancies at risk for both the mother and the baby (I will call them type A pregnancies from now on). On the other hand, the legality of abortion for educated and upper-middle class women who, due to lack of care, get pregnant and then decide to have an abortion (I’ll call them type B pregnancies) always made me noisy. Without raising an accusing finger, I simply confess that I find it difficult to take lightly this topic, because these are women with whom I can identify in terms of education and social class, so I immediately believe that they have many more tools to avoid pregnancy than wanted.

That said, there are variables that differentiate me from other women who share my level of education and social class, and cause them to act very differently and make decisions that are far from mine –emotional support, personality, experiences-. This also has an impact on their actions. I understand it, that’s why I think the law should exist, but with regulations and sections that evaluate each particular case, because all cases are different. The abortion law must not only contemplate the action of aborting, but also take into account a time before and after the action itself. I believe that when a woman requests an abortion, she should have access to a therapist and the doctor in charge of carrying it out, who can offer her support and containment -before, during and after-, as well as information that covers all the possible variables that exist, that is, that the woman knows all the options she has – carry out the pregnancy, have a child, give the baby up for adoption, abort – that she has time to evaluate them and then make a decision. And that they understand that this decision entails a responsibility, to become aware of their actions and avoid repeating it in the future. There is another point that questions my position in favour. When does the fetus/baby become aware and feel pain inside the woman’s body? If a professional shows me that there is a period of time that confirms that until a certain week of gestation the baby does not feel physical or emotional pain, I would immediately lean in favour of abortion (until that week). Always talking about cases of type B pregnancies, which are the ones that test my pro-abortion loyalty.

In certain cases, there are arguments that seem poor to me, for example “it’s my body, I decide”. I feel that it is not enough nor is it real, because within that body there is another that cannot decide, and that unlike those who support that argument, I consider that this fetus is a life. That is why I think it is extremely important that my doubt in the previous paragraph be clarified. Abortion cannot only be a right, it must carry a responsibility. It should not be clandestine, but neither should it be a simple procedure. And I don’t think that in all cases it should be paid for by society (type B pregnancies).

The debate is just beginning. There are ways to enrich the laws so they can be fair to everyone, but it takes time. And it is important that we respect the different positions and listen, because there is always something more to learn.

Hi ! I am Cecilia. My position in relation to the legalisation of the voluntary interruption of pregnancy  in Argentina, was and is in favour of it.
For many years it was a struggle carried out by many people, mostly women, to bring these practice out of hiding.
I believe that when we talk about legal, safe and free abortion it is about understanding and accepting that the person who has decided to interrupt her pregnancy will do so in any way, legally or clandestinely.

Clandestine means an enormous risk, especially for people from the most vulnerable social classes who, due to lack of resources, carry out the interruption of pregnancy at home, or by going to a clandestine centre, without any security, hygiene, or control. . These interventions often end in infections or haemorrhages, which if not treated in time, are fatal. Not only are both lives not saved, but both are lost.

One thing that always caught my attention is that, until a year ago when voluntary abortion was illegal, there was the ILE (legal interruption of pregnancy) which established that if the life of the mother was at risk or if it had been the product of a rape, abortion could be performed safely in a hospital. There I had certain questions and reflections about it. Was an embryo produced by rape different from one produced by a consensual and joyous sexual relationship? Would it be then that what is penalised was having become pregnant enjoying? “If you enjoyed it, now tease yourself! Carry a pregnancy even if it is not the best for you, even if you cannot or do not want to care for and raise a baby, even if you had decided not to have children, not to put the body for a gestation and childbirth at that time or perhaps never in your life. ”

Hello everyone, I am Valeria. Many times one thinks that it is very difficult to give an opinion on a subject without going through that experience, but abortion is something that makes me very sensitive, I always thought that we have to bet on life and I think that the birth of a child is the most wonderful What can happen to both a man and a woman is a unique act, which is why I think that before making this decision to have an abortion, the issue must be addressed by professionals who accompany the couple or the woman who makes the decision.

Many times I listened to my 14-year-old son when talking about this topic, saying that women are free to decide with their bodies what they want in this feminist culture that currently wants to impose itself, but let’s not forget that there is a life that doesn’t have the possibility of deciding to be born and that is very sad. Also maybe a man that cannot decide to raise him alone either and loses the right to be a father because the only one who has this right is the woman. I also think women should be properly informed about the possibility of giving their babies up for adoption, where there are couples waiting years due to a totally bureaucratic judicial regime.