The SVZV support group for women without a residence permit (SVZV Steungroep Vrouwen Zonder Verblijfsvergunning) has been working towards improving the circumstances of women without a valid residence permit since 1995.
Since the nineties, the rights of immigrants without residence permits have been rapidly declining. This problem affects women in many specific areas, in particular when it comes to healthcare, pregnancy, caring for children, (sexual) violence, work and legal status. The SVZV support group wants to address these issues, while at the same time providing support to women to help them expand their options.
Women without residence permits in the Netherlands can come from many different backgrounds. Some women come here to look for work, others come to join their parents or partner, or they come here to escape from war, violence or natural disasters. Some women are victims of human trafficking or have been abused by their partner or family. Other women have sought asylum in the past or are awaiting the results of one or more legal proceedings to obtain a residence permit. Some women live here alone, others have children and/or a partner.
The one thing all these women have in common is the disadvantaged situation they are currently in. They are excluded from practically all government services in the Netherlands due to the government’s repressive immigration policy. This goes against the meaning of justice in our eyes. The SVZV Support Group opposes the stigma held against people without a residence permit.
There are no illegal people, only inhumane laws!
The SVZV Support Group’s mission is to strengthen the fundamental and practical position of women without a residence permit. Increasing these women’s self-reliance is our primary focus. Women can visit us during our weekly office hours to obtain information and we will help them to make practical arrangements (housing, medical and legal matters, education and training options). We are actively creating services and building networks by and for women, and we will direct them to other organisations when necessary.
We really need your help to fulfil this mission! The SVZV Support Group has approximately twelve volunteers who diligently work on accomplishing our goals. We depend on personal donations and funding to cover our expenses (emergency services, informational evenings, activities with women and administrative costs, etc.).
Therefore, we hope that you will become a donor and support us on a regular basis. However, we are naturally also happy with a one-time donation, no matter how large or small! Click here for more information about how you can help the SVZV Support Group.