Women for Refugee Women challenges the injustices experienced by women who cross borders to seek safety. We work in three ways:
We work at the grassroots to support and empower women who are seeking asylum.
We work with the arts, media and public events to tell women’s stories.
And, by publishing research and informing politicians, we try to create a fairer asylum process.
Women for Refugee Women works directly with women who seek asylum. We support two grassroots groups in London, Women Asylum Seekers Together London and the London Refugee Women’s Forum. More than 70 women come to these groups every week for English classes, advice, lunch and other projects such as craft and drama.
We create ground breaking public events and arts projects to ensure that the experiences of refugee women are heard by wide audiences. We have run drama, craft and photography projects with refugee women, and worked with actresses to tell the stories of women who are locked up in Yarl’s Wood. We work throughout the mainstream media, including press, TV and radio.
Our research has significantly changed people’s understanding of the experiences of refugee women. Our work has been quoted in both houses of Parliament over the last few years and we work with politicians from all major parties to try to move towards a fairer asylum process.