Women for Refugee Women challenges the injustices experienced by women who seek asylum in the UK.
We work to empower women who have sought sanctuary in the UK to speak out about their own experiences to the media, to policy-makers and at public events.
We aim to give a voice to women who are all too often unheard and unseen.
"If a few people can speak out, the change will come one day”
Refugee women speak out alongside Juliet Stevenson, Livia Firth, Oona King, Joan Bakewell and Mariella Frostrup.
Refugee women are speaking out to MPs who are reviewing the asylum system for the first time in ten years. They are calling for the right to work or welfare support if their asylum claim has not been resolved within six months. There are around 5,000 women per year who seek asylum in the UK, many of them have fled extreme human rights abuses and serious gender-related persecution.
Rather than offering these women support and an opportunity to rebuild their life, the UK asylum process often leads to further hardships, homelessness and despair. As Lydia Besong, who sought asylum in the UK from Cameroon, told us “I came for here for safety…but it’s even worse than what I was going through back home”.
Women for Refugee Women is building a force for change. Join us and help change the injustices faced by refugee women.
Refugee women deserve dignity. They deserve to be heard fairly. They deserve to be protected, not to find here the same situation that they escaped from.
Women for Refugee Women is an amazing charity. It serves to draw attention to the injustices of the asylum process and to point out ways in which the process needs to change.
Women who have crossed borders and faced persecution have suffered fates that we can barely imagine. A civilized country would give them a fair hearing and a chance to rebuild their lives.
I admire the work carried out by Women for Refugee Women. By telling the true stories of women and children in the asylum process they woke a lot of people up to the scandal of child detention.
Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse
I have been delighted to support Women for Refugee Women since its launch- I've been truly inspired by the great work this organisation does, enabling women who seek asylum to speak out - whether at the grassroots or to government ministers.
The Universal rights and freedoms Liberty campaigns to protect belong to everyone -.Women for Refugee Women gives a voice to those who'd otherwise go unheard. With so many across the globe still fleeing persecution it has a vital role to play in fighting for women seeking sanctuary here in Britain
Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty
Put the word refugee in front of woman and immediately prejudice and projection arise. Meet a refugee woman, hear her struggles – and her joys – and you encounter a person, like you and me, who has been more than unlucky....
....Women for Refugee Women joins the dots, restores our humanity to ourselves and enables women to fight for theirs. Please support them.
Susie Orbach, psychotherapist and author of Bodies and Fat is a Feminist Issue
Women for Refugee Women does valuable work in telling the human stories behind current asylum policy, and shining a light on injustices in the asylum process.
Helena Kennedy QC