Marchu Girma gives evidence in Parliament on how the draft Domestic Abuse Bill fails women with insecure immigration status

"Three women a week die because of domestic abuse in this country. We are talking about women’s lives. The cost of inadequate protections for women with insecure immigration status can be their lives. Protection must be needs-based, not status-based." - Marchu Girma, deputy director of Women for Refugee Women

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Refugee women and other campaigners visit Parliament to call for a 28 day time-limit on detention

Today, women from our network joined campaigners from Amnesty International UK, Liberty and Freed Voices to deliver a petition 100,000-signature petition to the Home Office calling for an end to indefinite detention. We met with MPs from across the political spectrum, including Harriet Harman, Andrew Mitchell, Tim Farron and Stuart McDonald who expressed their support for the campaign.

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Priscilla Dudhia (policy) and Venus Abduallah (office manager) join the team!

We are delighted to welcome Priscilla and Venus to the team!

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Refugee women gifted tickets to see Emilia in the West End

Thank you ⁦to Ben Hewis who launched a crowdfunding appeal to enable diverse groups of young women to see the musical Emilia in the Vaudeville Theatre. As part of this initiative, asylum-seeking women in our network were able to attend the performance. They left inspired by the incredible cast and emboldening story that sparked discussion about what it means to be a woman today.

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Home Affairs Committee inquiry finds ‘serious problems in every part of the immigration detention system’

"We welcome the Committee’s recommendations, including that the Home Office should introduce a robust screening process to ensure vulnerable people are identified before a decision to detain is made, and that there should be a 28-day time limit on all immigration detention. But we also think there needs to be more radical change. The Committee’s report adds to the wealth of evidence showing that the immigration detention system is rotten to its core – so, the Home Office needs to abolish this system, and end the use of detention altogether.”

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Build the Future – training retreat in Manchester for refugee women

15 refugee and asylum-seeking women came together in Manchester for 3 days of intensive training on research skills, working with Parliament, storytelling and communicating for change. 

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The Home Office unlawfully detained trafficked Chinese woman for almost 6 months

‘This case exposes how vulnerable women are being harmed by current Home Office practice. It is crystal clear that many women who are being locked up in Yarl’s Wood are victims of trafficking, including forced prostitution, and yet instead of following its own rules to protect victims, the Home Office is subjecting them to detention and threats of deportation. Change needs to happen, fast.’ - Natasha Walter

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Women for Refugee Women Cross Party Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights Calls to End Indefinite Detention

Cross-party Parliamentary committee on human rights calls to end indefinite detention

The Joint Committee on Human Rights today published their review into immigration detention which supports our calls for an end to indefinite detention and better safeguards to ensure that vulnerable people are not detained.

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Women for Refugee Women Latest News Marchu Girma Promoted to Deputy Director

Marchu Girma is promoted to Deputy Director

We are delighted to announce that Marchu Girma has been promoted to the role of Deputy Director to help lead Women for Refugee Women forward as we develop and grow into 2019 and beyond!

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Women for Refugee Women Latest News Everyday Sexism Twitter Account

Three women who have been detained in Yarl’s Wood take over the Everyday Sexism Project Twitter account

5 years ago we started our Set Her Free campaign against the detention of asylum-seeking women.

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Women for Refugee Women Latest News Refugee Women Visit the National Portrait Gallery with Caroline Walker

Refugee women visit the National Portrait Gallery with artist Caroline Walker

Six refugee women joined us to visit the Njideka Akunyili Crosby exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Women for Refugee Women Chinese Women Trafficked to UK failed by Home Office

Trafficked Chinese women locked up in Yarl’s Wood

This Autumn, we have been supporting a number of highly vulnerable Chinese women who have been trafficked to the UK and locked up indefinitely in Yarl’s Wood detention centre.

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Women for Refugee Women Christmas Party for 200 refugee women in our network

Christmas party for 200 refugee women in our network

Today we held a Christmas party for almost 200 women in our network! It was a day of celebration and joy, with performances from women who had developed their skills with us this year.

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Women for Refugee Women News Latest News Tulip Siddiq MP Puts Forward a Motion to End Indefinite Detention

Tulip Siddiq MP puts forward a motion to end indefinite detention

Tulip Siddiq MP launched her bill calling on the Government to put a 28-day time limit on immigration detention. Watch her speech here.

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Women for Refugee Women News Latest News Visiting the Museum of London

Visiting the Museum of London

Our wonderful Intermediate English teachers Helen and Irene organised a trip for 8 refugee and asylum-seeking women to the Museum of London.

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Women for Refugee Women News Latest News Time To Close Yarl's Wood

After 17 years, it’s time to close Yarl’s Wood

Today, Yarl's Wood detention centre has been open for 17 years. During that time thousands of women, who came to the UK looking for safety, have been locked up indefinitely causing them immeasurable trauma and pain.

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Women for Refugee Women News Latest News New Computer Course for Refugee Women

New computer course for refugee women

In partnership with Birkbeck University, we have launched a computer course for refugee women.

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Women for Refugee Women News Latest News Her Stories Fundraising for Refugee Women

Her Stories – fundraising for refugee women

Her Stories is a creative appeal for the most marginalised women in the UK.

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Women for Refugee Women News Latest News Drama Exchange Across Borders

Drama exchange across borders

Our drama group is currently working on a collaborative project with Seenaryo and Women Now for Development, who support a group of Syrian refugee women based in Lebanon.

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