On 24 March 2021, the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, announced this government’s new plans for the asylum process.

This is the process that is meant to offer protection to people who are seeking safety from war, rape, trafficking, torture and other extreme violence. For many years, this process has been broken, because it puts vulnerable people in further danger here in the UK by depriving them of safety, dignity and liberty.

To fix the broken asylum process we need more humanity, not less. We need to listen to people in our communities who know what it is like to have to flee danger.

Priti Patel’s new plans are dangerous and discriminatory. They would harm women.

We all need to come together now to stand with women seeking asylum, and #TellPritiPatel that they need safety.

Earlier this year, the government opened a brief ‘consultation’ on these plans. They made it difficult to respond, yet caring people up and down the country took the time to #TellPritiPatel their concerns about the impact of these plans on women who seek asylum.

You can read some powerful responses from refugees and supporters, here.

A member of the Rainbow Sisters group at Women for Refugee Women said:

‘If you condemn us to temporary settlement we would never feel safe. Without getting permanent settlement, we would never have the chance to heal from the trauma that we have suffered.’

A concerned member of the public from Leicester said:

‘I am very concerned about the impact of the proposals on all vulnerable people, but especially on women and people from LGBT+ communities. These people are far more likely to be survivors of sexual or gender-based violence. Living through these situations will have been extremely traumatic and it is unreasonable to expect survivors to be able to tell their stories immediately.’

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