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.

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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.

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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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#ICYMI, our #HiddenFutures report highlights five urgent modern #slavery figures that Government must release.

https://afterexploitation.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/hidden-futures-how-data-denial-threatens-the-fight-against-slavery-after-exploitation-3.pdf

Our founder @Natasha_Walter is stepping aside from the role of director, into a new creative role within our team.

She has written about the story of our organisation so far and why it is now time for this change:

https://www.refugeewomen.co.uk/a-message-from-natasha/

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Latest News

Women for Refugee Women Who We Are Staff And Trustees

Goodbye and good luck to Marchu Girma, who is moving on after 10 amazing years

We want to share the news with you that our deputy director Marchu Girma is leaving us to lead the charity Hibiscus Initiatives. Marchu has been a vital part of Women for Refugee Women for 10 years, and has really grown and shaped the organisation.

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Women leave Yarl’s Wood detention centre: MPs, campaigners and women who have previously been detained respond

While we welcome the news that Yarl’s Wood detention centre is being emptied of women, there are many unanswered questions, including what the centre is going to be used for now and what is going to happen to women who might have faced detention there. We are calling on the Home Office to be transparent about the future use of the centre and to be proactive about the development of alternatives to detention in the asylum process.

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