How We Create Change

We empower refugee and asylum-seeking women to speak out, become leaders and advocate for change. Through English lessons, drama and other activities we support women to build their confidence and skills. Our network helps to combat the isolation faced by women seeking asylum and creates pathways for women to rebuild their lives with dignity.


When women tell their own stories, they can change minds and build understanding about what it means to seek safety in the UK. We work to ensure that refugee women can speak to the media and at public events, and we partner with arts organisations and influential women who help to amplify refugee women’s voices.


We publish robust research on the experiences of refugee women and work with policy makers to make the case for a fairer asylum process. Our Set Her Free campaign against the detention of refugee women has achieved widespread recognition and real policy change. We believe that all women have the right to safety, dignity and liberty.


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"We [asylum-seeking women] want the right to work so that we can support ourselves and our families... We want our lives back and to start living as everyone else in the UK can."

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"The pandemic has exposed what an unequal country we live in. It is one country for some people & another for people who are seeking asylum. My recommendation is to give leave to remain to everyone so that we can...all participate equally" @lorainemponela

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Latest News

Hear us: the experiences of refugee and asylum-seeking women during the pandemic

The Sisters Not Strangers coalition publish new research exposing the hardships experienced by asylum-seeking women in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic and calling for far-reaching reform of the asylum process.

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Women for Refugee Women is recruiting a Digital Inclusion Coordinator (no longer accepting applications)

Women for Refugee Women is seeking a Digital Inclusion Co-ordinator to work closely with our team to facilitate digital access and improve IT skills among our network of refugee and asylum-seeking women.

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