Women for Refugee Women challenges the injustices experienced by women who cross borders to seek safety. We work in three ways:
To empower: We work at the grassroots to support and empower women who are seeking asylum.
To influence: We work with the arts, media and public events to tell women’s stories.
Women for Refugee Women works directly with women who seek asylum. Every week more than 100 women who have sought asylum come to our centre for English classes, advice, lunch and yoga. We provide pathways for refugee women to build their confidence and become active, including through drama workshops, campaigning courses and public speaking. We also network with similar groups throughout the UK.
We create ground breaking public events and arts projects to ensure that the experiences of refugee women are heard by wide audiences. We run drama, art, craft and photography projects with refugee women, and work with actresses, writers and film makers to tell the stories of women who are seeking safety in the UK. We work throughout the mainstream media, including press, TV and radio.
We work closely with Parliamentarians and policy makers to create pressure for a fairer asylum process, briefing MPs, giving evidence to committees and inquiries, and bringing refugee women to meet with policy makers. Our research has significantly changed people’s understanding of the experiences of refugee women. Our current campaign, the Set Her Free campaign against the detention of refugee women, has influenced political debate and also resulted in policy reform.