Women for Refugee Women works across a range of media to give voice to women’s experience in the asylum process.

Media Queries

Recent Media Coverage

March 2022

International Women’s Day: Q & A with Alphonsine Kabagabo, Director of Women for Refugee Women

IMIX, 8 March 2022

The best organisations to support this International Women’s Day

Joanna Whitehead, The Independent, 8 March 2022

How war puts women and children last

Lauren Crosby Medlicott, The Flock, 7 March 2022

Derwentside immigration removal centre: new legal challenges

Laetitia Eichinger, Palatinate, 3 March 2022

January 2022

Government’s Immigration Plan Risks Detaining Men and Excluding Women

Sian Norris, Byline Times, 28 January 2022

Huge rise in number of trafficking victims in UK immigration detention

Diane Taylor, The Guardian, 26 January 2022

Scheme not to detain women seeking asylum leads to only one staying in UK

Diane Taylor, The Guardian, 24 January 2022

“Angry, sad, determined”: Local opposition to detention centre mounts

Laetitia Eichinger and Patrick Stephens, Palatinate, 17 January 2022

Protest outside new Derwentside women’s detention centre

BBC North East and Cumbria, 15 January 2022

Campaign to close Consett immigration centre stepped up

Bruce Unwin, The Northern Echo, 15 January 2022

The gal-dem guide to every terrible bill the Tories are trying to pass this year

Moya Lothian-McLean, gal-dem, 10 January 2022

Protestors demonstrate support for women in detention at Hassockfield

Julie Ward, North East Bylines, 7 January 2022

How we can all stand up and fight the ‘Anti-Refugee’ Bill

Shahed Ezaydi, gal-dem, 6 January 2022

Asylum campaigners gather outside County Durham detention centre to show support for women inside

Katie Dickinson, Chronical Live, 2 January 2022

September 2021

Protests at County Durham detention centre for women

Gavin Havery, The Northern Echo, 19 September 2021

Afghan refugees forced to escape by land will arrive soon – we must welcome them when they do

Ros Ereira, The Independent, 14 September 2021

August 2021

What you can do to help Afghan refugees

Lauren Crosby Medlicott, Left Foot Forward, 24 August 2021

How the Taliban’s resurgence in Afghanistan is impacting women, and what can be done to help

Amy Beecham, Stylist, 22 August 2021

Our founder Natasha Walter spoke about the situation for women in Afghanistan

Emma Barnett, Woman’s Hour, 18 August 2021

Home Office obstructing safe exit of Afghan refugees, reports claim

Bethany Rielly, Morning Star, 15 August 2021

Female self-harm rates in prison hits record high over pandemic

Marion Weaver, South West Londoner, 11 August 2021

July 2021

The Anatomy of Activism

Polly Russell, British Library podcasts, 25 July 2021

Firm Linked to Conservatives will Run New Immigration Detention Centre for Women

Sian Norris, Byline Times, 20 July 2021

New figures show the UK government is failing modern slavery victims, say campaigners

Henry Dyer, Business Insider, 2 July 2021

June 2021

More than 70 MPs and peers urge Priti Patel to scrap plans for women’s immigration detention centre

Chiara Giordano, The Independent, 24 June 2021

Pod 158: Yarl’s Wood

Mickey Noonan, Standard Issue Podcast, 16 June 2021

‘I suffered for no reason’: Refugee opposes plans for immigration detention centre in Durham

Rachel Nichol, Chronical Live, 4 June 2021

May 2021

Centre where young offenders were brutally abused to detain women seeking asylum

Ros Wynne Jones and Maryam Qaiser, The Mirror, 27 May 2021

Home Office plan for women’s immigration centre faces legal challenge

Diane Taylor, The Guardian, 17 May 2021

County Durham: Growing concerns about proposed immigration detention centre for women

Gavin Engelbrecht, The Northern Echo, 12 May 2021

February 2021

Guilt and fury: how Covid brought mothers to breaking point

Natasha Walter, The Observer, 28 February 2021

Revealed: Priti Patel U-turn on end to detention for refugee women

Mark Townsend, The Observer, 27 February 2021

I was human trafficked into the UK and enslaved by my own aunt

‘Faith Obi’ (first-person), The Metro, 23 February 2021

Covid, women and the ‘shecession’: how the pandemic has created a new battle for equality

Susannah Butter, Evening Standard, 23 February 2021

‘As a queer asylum seeker I can’t be myself with healthcare professionals. They just don’t understand’

CeeCee (first-person), Hysterical Women, 22 February 2021

Woman ‘evicted from asylum accommodation’ in sub-zero temperatures

May Bulman, The Independent, 21 February 2021

Asylum seekers waiting months for claims to be processed feel they are in ‘prison’

Dan Rivers (spoke to Stella, a member of our network), ITV, 17 February 2021

The Home Office is locking up thousands of modern slavery survivors – I’m one of them

‘Voke’ (first-person), gal-dem, 5 February 2021

Thousands of potential trafficking victims detained in immigration removal centres, figures show

May Bulman, The Independent, 4 February 2021

Thousands of possible human trafficking victims being detained by UK authorities

Felix Forbes, Sky News, 4 February 2021

December 2020

Feminism and Refugee Women with Natasha Walter | ep 32

Compass, It’s Bloody Complicated podcast, 10 December 2020

Sarah’s story: a ‘nightmare’ she wouldn’t wish on her worst enemies

Amandas Ong, OpenDemocracy, 9 December 2020

October 2020

Our director Natasha Walter talks about our work to support and empower refugee women

Mariella Frostrup, Times Radio, 29 October 2020

UK’s immigration policies are threatening survivors of modern slavery

Maya Esslemont, Thompson Reuters, 18 October 2020

‘I Sleep on the Floor’: Refugee Women and Covid-19

Paris Ali-Pilling, Star and Crescent, 13 October 2020

September 2020

Starving asylum-seeker worked for free so she wasn’t homeless during pandemic

Jordan King, The Metro, 9 September 2020

August 2020

Refugee charities and organisations you can support from the UK

Lauren Geall, Stylist, 19 August 2020

Yarl’s Wood detainee recalls terrifying moment she was taken from her home and the nightmare that came next

Debbie Luxon, Cambridgeshire Live, 14 August 2020

Fundraisers & Organisations Supporting Refugees That You Can Back From The UK

Alice Broster and Sophie McEvoy, Bustle, 13 August 2020

Sisters Not Strangers coalition on the impact of COVID-19 on refugee & asylum-seeking women

Tchiyiwe Chihana, African Voices Platform, Sheffield Live TV, 5 August 2020

June 2020

Organisations To Support During Refugee Week 2020 & Beyond

Alice Broster, Bustle, 18 June 2020

As a bisexual woman I had to escape my country or face the possibility of death

Ghaida (first-person), The Metro, 17 June 2020

Covid-19 Global Diaries: ‘I’m a refugee in London and people like me are dying’

Yetunde James (first-person), Marie Clare, 9 June 2020


Why ‘stronger borders’ don’t work

Maya Goodfellow et al., The Guardian, 21 January 2020

Thousands of asylum seekers not reporting rapes due to Home Office stigma and ‘culture of disbelief’

Maya Oppenheim, The Independent, 1 January 2020


Women for Refugee Women wants your unused beauty products this Christmas

Alice Gibb, Dazed, 15 November 2019

When women MPs are forced to quit to stay safe, all of us suffer

Natasha Walter and Marchu Girma signed The Centenary Action Group letter, The Metro, 1 November 2019



‘I had to go to McDonald’s and use toilet roll’: The women living on £37.75 a week who can’t afford tampons

Sarah Graham, inews, 31 October 2019

Samantha Hudson talks about how the closure of safe routes to the UK has forced people into situations of desperation and danger

Anna Foster and Tony Livesey, BBC 5 Live, 24 October 2019

How do you prove your sexuality? Diva meets six women who have been forced to do just that

Danielle Mustarde, DIVA Magazine, 1 October 2019


JULY 2019

Why are so many vulnerable Chinese women being detained at Yarl’s Wood?

Charlotte Lytton, The Telegraph, 10 July 2019

Our Gemma Lousley and Shalini Patel of Duncan Lewis solicitors spoke on Woman’s Hour

Jane Garvey, BBC Radio 4, 9 July 2019

Chinese women being trafficked to UK suffer further harm as detention numbers nearly double

Maya Oppenheim, The Independent, 9 July 2019

Trafficking victim ‘released straight back to her abusers’ by the Home Office

Nicola Bartlett, The Mirror, 9 July 2019

More than 500 victims of trafficking detained in 2018, UK study finds

Diane Taylor, The Guardian, 9 July 2019

Trafficked: The Chinese women trapped in British detention centres

Samantha Hudson, Politics.co.uk, 9 July 2019

Yarl’s Wood: Trafficking victims ‘detained for months’  

BBC, 9 July 2019

  • Our communications executive, Samantha Hudson, spoke live on BBC Three Counties radio
  • Samantha Hudson and Shalini Patel spoke on BBC Look East’s evening news.

Victims of modern slavery are being “failed” by the Home Office

ITV 9 July 2019

  • Our director, Natasha Walter, also spoke live on ITV News Anglia

BBC Radio 4’s Today in Parliament show covered the Westminster Hall debate led by Jess Phillips MP, including extracts of MPs speeches that referenced our research

BBC Radio 4, 9 July 2019

Our director Natasha Walter spoke live on talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley Brewer breakfast show, and solictor Shalini Patel spoke live on talkRADIO’s Dan Wooten drivetime show.

Trafficked prostitute returned by immigration officials to brothel where she was sexually exploited  

Charles Hymas, The Telegraph, 9 July 2019

Sex trafficking victims being ‘failed by Home Office’, report finds  

Greg Russell, The National, 9 July 2019

Hundreds of trafficking victims held in immigration detention centres 

Emily Mee, Sky News, 9 July 2019

Sex slaves are being failed by the Home Office, report reveals  

Ceren Sagir, The Morning Star, 9 July 2019

The week ahead in Parliament

Mark D’Arcy, BBC, 5 July 2019

MAY 2019

Female asylum seekers on the bizarre burden of proving their queerness

Clare Considine, The Face, 29 May 2019

Theresa May denied the full humanity of migrants and refugees. She doesn’t deserve your tears

Natasha Walter, New Statesman, 24 May 2019

Life behind bars at Yarl’s Wood

‘Voke’ (a woman in our network), Red Pepper, 21 May 2019

Tory peer claims landmark treaty tackling violence against women could be used to bring terrorists to UK

Maya Oppenheim, The Independent, 17 May 2019


‘Gabi’ and Sam from WRW speak to Adwoa Aboah with Philli from Help Refugees and Dorine from Say it Loud Club, Gurls Talk Podcast, 13 May 2019

APRIL 2019

UK’s asylum system abuses women’s dignity

Marianna Karakoulaki, Deutsche Welle, 28 April 2019

Britain Detained – Immigration Detention in the UK

Ross Field, Videoblogg Productions, 11 April 2019


Home Office admits it unlawfully detained trafficking victim for six months

May Bulman, The Independent, 13 February 2019

Everyday Sexism Twitter takeover shines spotlight on Yarl’s Wood detainees

Erica Roffe, Bedford Independent, 4 February 2019


Ten ambulance callouts a week to detention centres

Sarah Marsh and Haroon Siddique, The Guardian, 26 December 2018

Chinese women trafficked to UK ‘being failed by Home Office’

Aamna Mohdin, The Guardian, 12 December 2018

Trafficked Chinese woman: ‘The lorry door opened and we ran’

Aamna Mohdin, The Guardian, 12 December 2018

I Was Detained In The UK For 8 Months & It Made Me Suicidal

Natalie Gil, Refinery29, 7 December 2018

Detained, Disbelieved, Dismissed and Denied Essential Medical Treatment: Healthcare in Yarl’s Wood

‘Elizabeth’, Hysterical Women, 5 December 2018


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

New Statesman, Helen Lewis, 20 November 2018

Natasha Walter and ‘Robbina’, a woman in our network who was previously locked up and attempted to take her own life in detention, spoke about why it is time to close Yarl’s Wood

BBC Look East, Nabihah Parker, 19 November 2018

“For me, Yarl’s Wood was another torture”

Unlocked 18, ‘Gabby’, 14 November 2018

Female Artists Are Auctioning Off Their Work To Support London’s Refugee And Migrant Women

ELLE, Louise Donovan, 7 November 2018


Legal aid access and no family separations: an immigration detention wishlist

The Guardian, Diane Taylor and Caroline Bannock, 10 October 2018

Revealed: sick, tortured immigrants locked up for months in Britain

The Guardian, Diane Taylor and Niamh McIntyre, 10 October 2018

Featured Social Founders: Natasha Walter

Social Founder, Caroline Diehl, 15 October 2018


Abbott unveils plan that would level playing field for non-EU migrants

Morning Star, Lamait Sabin, 13 September 2018

More than 100 pregnant women detained in UK removal centres since major review called for ban

The Independent, May Bulman, 11 September 2018

Three ways for activists to stay hopeful in these grim times

The Guardian, Natasha Walter, 4 September 2018

JULY 2018

The Home Office wants to keep the horrors of Yarl’s Wood a secret – here’s what happened to me

The Independent, ‘Gabby’ a woman in our network shares her story of detention, 25 July 2018

Sajid Javid told: ‘torture victims driven to suicide by system’

The Guardian, Amelia Hill, 11 July 2018

Why the Women’s March sees Trump’s UK visit as ‘a glorious opportunity’

50.50 OpenDemocracy, Sian Norris, 11 July 2018

JUNE 2018

#AllWomenCount: art and culture at the forefront of World Refugee Day

The Conversation, Anna Ball, 18 June 2018

APRIL 2018

Sajid Javid urged to adopt ‘new approach’ to immigration by major charities

The Independent, May Bulman, 30 April 2018

Asylum policy is a gendered issue

IPPR, Marchu Girma, 20 April 2018

Detention and Destitution: The Asylum Journey in the UK

Samantha Hudson, Wasafiri, 2 April 2018


5 stories about seeking refugee status in the UK

i-D, Ryan White and Olivia Head, 26 January 2018

Nine Incredible Women’s Organisations To Get Involved With In 2018

ELLE, Olivia Blair, 17 January 2018


Woman spending Christmas in a detention centre reveals ‘there is no hope’

The Metro, Zoe Drewett, 25 December 2017

What’s it like to seek asylum at Christmas? These women have much to teach us about hope

The Pool, Hattie Garlick, 12 December 2017

Inside Yarl’s Wood: ‘Seema begged for help as blood seeped through her bandages’

Left Foot Forward, Amelia Womack, 7 December 2017

‘I survived sexual violence – then I was detained at Yarl’s Wood’

i News, Grace Banks, 6 December 2017

Natasha Walter and ‘Voke’ spoke about our research on the continued detention of vulnerable women at Yarl’s Wood

BBC Look East, 1 December 2017


Natasha Walter spoke about the human cost of the inefficient asylum appeals process

Victoria Derbyshire BBC Two and BBC News, 29 November 2017

More rape and torture victims being held at Yarl’s Wood

The Guardian, Alan Travis, 15 November 2017

Majority of women held at Yarl’s Wood are later released into community, prison watchdog reveals

The Independent, May Bulman, 15 November 2017

My great-grandparents died in the Holocaust but now I want German citizenship

The Observer, Natasha Walter, 12 November 2017

The government is still subjecting vulnerable women to abuse at Yarl’s Wood

The Pool, Samira Shackle, 2 November 2017

Why Is The Home Office Still Detaining Victims Of Torture And Sexual Violence?

The Huffington Post, Nazek Ramadan, 2 November 2017

Asylum seeker’s ‘traumatic’ time inside detention centre

BBC News, Frankie McCamley, 1 November 2017
top watched video on the BBC website for the day

Refugee: Yarl’s Wood detention centre was like room where I was raped, feature looping all day. Kate Osamor MP and Natasha Walter also spoke on Sky’s All Out Politics show

Sky News Laura Bundock, 1 November 2017

Natasha Walter, Caroline Spelman MP and ‘Jane’ talk on Woman’s Hour

BBC Radio 4, Jenni Murray, 1 November 2017

Vulnerable women ‘still locked up in Yarl’s Wood immigration centre’

The Guardian, Amelia Hill, 1 November 2017

Home Office detaining sexual violence victims in breach of its own guidelines

The Independent, May Bulman, 1 November 2017

Our Research Shows Vulnerable Women Seeking Asylum Are Being Detained Against Home Office Policy

The Huffington Post, Sarah Cope, 1 November 2017


Bloom time: the London floristry scheme helping refugee women

The Guardian, Sarah Graham, 21 September 2017

JULY 2017

A moment that changed me: becoming godmother to a refugee’s baby

The Guardian, Sarah Graham, 7 July 2017

JUNE 2017

What Life Is Like For Refugee Women Arriving In The UK

Refinery29, Sarah Raphael, 21 June 2017

MARCH 2017

‘They will get you’: Britain’s refugee detention centres are no go areas for journalists

IBTimes, Matt Kennard, 27 March 2017

Too many women will spend this Mother’s Day trapped in a British detention centre

Independent, Sarah Cope, 26 March 2017

Noma Dumezweni, actress, discusses our work and her own refugee story

Sky Politics show with Adam Boulton, 13 March 2017

If you’re outraged by the father who tried to ‘fix’ his lesbian daughter with corrective rape, then you should be fighting UK immigration laws

Independent, Sarah Cope, 11 March 2017

No Women’s Day without refugee women

Open Democracy, Che Ramsden, 8 March 2017

For refugee women, periods are a dangerous, shameful time

Thomson Reuters News Foundation, Anna Pujol-Mazzini, 8 March 2017

The women dedicated to helping female refugees who come to the UK

Metro, Nicole Morley, 8 March 2017

A robust asylum system needn’t rely on detention. So why are vulnerable women being locked up?

Telegraph, Caroline Spelman MP, 7 March 2017

Pointless, cruel and expensive: it’s time to close Yarl’s Wood

Politics.co.uk, Gemma Lousley, 6 March 2017

Ukip using refugee crisis as a ‘dirty word’ to tap into deprived communities

Labour MP warns, i News, Heather Saul, 2 March 2017

Women refugees in UK still facing abuse – but who is listening?

IBTimes, Sofia Lotto Persio, 2 March 2017

Women for Refugee Women campaigners urge UK government to end detention-based asylum system

IBTimes, Sofia Lotto Persio, 1 March 2017


The UK’s Abandonment of Child Refugees Is A Disgrace For Us All

Huffington Post, Asher Kessler, 13 February 2017

Vermin, filth, threats: the scandal of Britain’s housing for asylum seekers

Guardian, Frances Ryan, 2 February 2017


For Pregnant Refugees, Every Day Is a Fight to Survive

Broadly, Sarah Graham, 2 December 2016


When the Calais camp closes, what will happen to its vulnerable women?

Guardian Comment is Free, Natasha Walter, 3 October 2016


Home Office forced to reveal pregnant women kept in immigration detention centres

Politics.co.uk, Ian Dunt, 3 August 2016

Good Chance set up a theatre in the Calais jungle – now they’re coming to the Southbank

Evening Standard previews our event ‘Why Women Refugees Are Often Unheard And Unseen’, part of Good Chance Theatre’s Encampment, 1 August 2016


The Women Suffering In Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre

Refinery29, Charlotte England, 18 February 2016

Inside Yarl’s Wood: ‘Britain will give me leave to remain – when I am buried here’

International Business Times, Orlando Crowcroft, 9 February 2016

Inside Yarl’s Wood: ‘Britain supported Nelson Mandela – yet it treats us like this‘

International Business Times, Orlando Crowcroft, 9 February 2016


All the donated sweaters in the world aren’t enough to solve the refugee crisis

The Guardian, Natasha Walter, 30 December 2015

International Migrants Day: ‘Yarl’s Wood was like being tortured for a second time’

International Business Times, Lydia Smith, 17 December 2015

“I don’t want anybody else to be detained like I was”

Cosmopolitan, 3 December 2015 – interview with Set Her Free campaigner Meltem Avcil, winner of Cosmo’s Ultimate Campaigner 2015 award

How To Stage A Protest

Marie Claire, Corinne Redfern, 3 December 2015 (and in print, January 2016 issue)

The stories of women I met at Yarl’s Wood show how British detention laws remain the most barbaric in the EU

The Independent, Kate Osamor MP, 1 December 2015


“What have I got to lose?” Hunger strikes and protests at Yarl’s Wood detention centre

New Statesman, Sarah Graham, 10 November 2015

“Home Office broke rules on handcuffing asylum seekers” says charity

The Guardian, Lisa O’Carroll, 9 November 2015

Hundreds protest against Yarl’s Wood detention centre

Socialist Worker, 8 November 2015 – with quote from Jade, London Refugee Women’s Forum secretary


Jane is incredible and talented. And UK asylum rules are forcing her to beg

The Guardian, Natasha Walter, 29 October 2015

Stop detaining pregnant women at Yarl’s Wood

The Justice Gap, Jane Ryan, 28 October 2015

Civil disobedience may be the bravest option for feminists but it’s not always the smartest one

New Statesman, Caroline Criado-Perez, 22 October 2015 – with Marchu Girma


Rape and child abuse ‘rife’ in German refugee centre

Mail Online, 24 September 2015
Natasha Walters comments on the dangers facing detained women asylum seekers

Women’s Institute centenary: 100 years of UK’s largest voluntary women’s organisation

Yahoo News, 15 September 2015
mentions our Solidarity Quilt with Shoreditch Sisters WI

Solidarity With Refugees march – in pictures, featuring two photos of WAST members

Guardian Online, 13 September 2015

Finally, refugees are in the limelight. How do we help them once the news moves on?

New Statesman, Marchu Girma, 11 September 2015

Former Detainees Urge UK To Close Down Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre

Buzzfeed, Siraj Datoo, 10 September 2015

Inside Yarl’s Wood: ‘My disabled wife was forced to crawl on the floor to get food’

The Telegraph Online, Radhika Sanghani, 4 September 2015

Concerns over ‘worrying lack of transparency’ as MP Catherine West is barred from Yarl’s Wood

Bedfordshire On Sunday, 1 September 2015


Persecuted for being Christian – we fled to Britain only to be locked up

The Telegraph Online, Radhika Sanghani, 27 August 2015

“Home Office bar on immigration detention centre visit is appalling” says MP

Harringey Independent, 27 August 2015

Inside Yarl’s Wood

Stylist magazine, 26 August 2015

Inside the UK’s worst detention centre: ‘Hell must be better than that place’

The Telegraph Online, Radhika Sanghani, 20 August 2015

What will it take for the shameful detention of women at Yarl’s Wood to stop?

New Statesman, Caroline Criado-Perez, 12 August 2015

Women for Refugee Women’s director Natasha Walter and campaigner Maimuna Jawo on Channel 4 News

Channel 4 News, 12 August, 2015

Yarl’s Wood conditions and treatment deteriorated significantly since 2013

The Independent, 12 August 2015

Conditions at Yarl’s Wood have got worse says Prison Inspector

Bedford Times & Citizen, Victoria West, 12 August 2015

Why I don’t want to be in Yarl’s Wood ever again

BBC News Online, Sally Graham, 12 August 2015

Sophie Radice, Comms person for Women for Refugee Women on Radio 5 Live

Radio 5 Live (listen from 50.49), 12 August 2015

Prison’s Watchdog: Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre is ‘ a place of national concern’

The Telegraph Online, Radhika Sanghani, 12 August, 2015

Inside the UK’s worst detention centre: ‘Ten weeks of hell for fleeing forced marriage‘

The Telegraph Online, Radhika Sanghani, 12 August 2015

Yarl’s Wood is symptomatic of Britain’s paranoia about migrants

The Guardian, Ellie Mae O’Hagan, 12 August 2015

UK prisons inspector seeks time limits on detention of migrants without trial

The Guardian, 12 August 2015

JUNE 2015

Calls to close Yarl’s Wood

Bedford Today, Tracey Wye, 8 June 2015

To create a buzz, go online. To create real change, go out and protest

The Guardian, Natasha Walter, 7 June 2015

Yarl’s Wood detention centre ‘is a prison’, report on the protest

BBC, Leana Hosea, 7 June 2015

Yarl’s Wood Detention

Three Countries BBC, Nesta McGregor (from 15.55), 7 June 2015

Reopen your heart, Britain, and close Yarl’s Wood

Actress and campaigner Romola Garai writes for The Sunday Times, 7 June 2015

Hundreds protest to demand closure of Yarl’s Wood immigration centre

The Observer, Mark Townsend, 6 June 2015

Massive Yarl’s Wood protest in pictures

Bedfordshire on Sunday, 6 June 2015

‘Shut this hell hole down’: Activists stage massive Yarl’s Wood campaign

Bedfordshire on Sunday, 6 June 2015

Yarl’s Wood protesters demand shutdown – coverage of the protest

Channel 4 News, 6 June

Set Her Free; the protest you have to know about – feature on the protest

Marie Claire, 4 June

MARCH 2015

Feminism is on the move again, but there is still a lot of work to do

Huffington Post, Natasha Walter, 2 March 2015

Natasha Walter on Woman’s Hour, talking with Jane Garvey about Yarl’s Wood

BBC Woman’s Hour, 3 March 2015

‘Headbutt the bitch’: why Yarl’s Wood needs to ditch male guards

The Telegraph Online, Radhika Sanghani, 3 March 2015

What crime have I committed to be held like this?

Amelia Gentleman visited Yarl’s Wood with Women for Refugee Women for the Guardian, 3 March 2015

Thanks to Channel 4, we now see just how appallingly Yarl’s Wood shames Britain

The Independent, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, 2 March 2015

Yarl’s Wood: undercover in the secretive immigration centre

Channel 4 News filmed undercover for this brilliant investigation. Women for Refugee Women supported one woman who had been detained, Esther, to talk candidly to the news programme about her experiences in Yarl’s Wood, 2 March 2015


Set Her Free, a spectrum of solidarity for asylum-seeking women

Open Democracy, Agnes Woolley, 21 January 2015

Conference makes the case for ending detention

The Guardian, Caroline Criado-Perez on the launch of our report, 14 January 2015

Four Men Watched Me

Jackie Long’s report on our research, Channel 4 News, 14 January 2015

Women’s privacy ‘violated’ at Yarl’s Wood

Newsweek, 14 January 2015

Yarl’s Wood criticised by charity for women refugees

Sanchia Berg report for World At One, BBC Radio 4, 14 January 2015

“Female detainees at Yarl’s Wood routinely humiliated” claims report

The Guardian, Amelia Gentleman, 14 January 2015


Inside Britain’s worst Immigration removal Centre at Christmas

The Telegraph Online, Radhika Sanghani, 24 December 2014

The New Statesman Christmas Campaign 2014: End the detention of women seeking asylum

New Statesman, 4 December 2014


Why has Serco been awarded the contract to continue running Yarl’s Wood?

New Statesman, Caroline Criado-Perez, 27 November 2014

Serco given Yarl’s Wood Immigration Contract despite ‘vast failings’

The Independent, 24 November 2014

New Serco Yarl’s Wood deal slammed

Daily Mail Online, 24 November 2014

Yarl’s Wood Contract renewal ‘ unacceptable’

BBC, 24 November 2014

Inside the notorious Yarl’s Wood immigration centre

Cole Moreton speaks to detainees and campaigners, Newsweek, 5 November 2014

This is what life is like inside an immigration centre

Meltem Avcil & Sophie Radice on London Live TV, 5 November 2014


Politicians’ actions speak louder than words

Boyd Tonkin speaks out for women in Yarl’s Wood, Independent, 31 October 2014

Death prompts new call for Yarl’s Wood to be closed

Bedfordshire on Sunday, 26 October 2014

Gay and lesbian asylum seekers face intrusive sexual questions

The Independent, 23 October 2014

Meltem Avcil interviewed for Vogue

Vogue, October 2014


Detainees paid pin money to paint, clean and serve food

Channel 4 News, 22 August 2014

APRIL 2014

Rachel Walker of the Women’s Institute on knitting together a culture of solidarity

Open Democracy, 28 April 2014

20-year-old Meltem Avcil lifts the lid on Yarl’s Wood

Cosmopolitan, 17 April 2014

UN Investigator barred from UK detention centre

RT News, 16 April 2014

UN rapporteur banned from Yarl’s Wood

Simon Israel for Channel 4 News, including interview with Meltem Avcil, 15 April 2014

UN Inspector denied access to Yarl’s Wood

Sarah Cox for Bedfordshire on Sunday, 15 April 2014

“UN Inspection of Yarl’s Wood was blocked” claim campaigners

Mark Townsend in the Observer, 13 April 2014

Set Her Free campaigners take quilt to Yarl’s Wood

Bedfordshire on Sunday, 11 April 2014

MARCH 2014

Teen Spirit: Young Feminist Heroes

Kira Cochrane talks to Meltem Avcil about campaigning for refugee women, The Guardian, 29 March 2014

Why is the most fashionable Women’s Institute knitting again? Women’s Institute solidarity quilt

Radhika Sanghani, Daily Telegraph, 17 March 2014

Meet the professional refugees lucky to get the minimum wage

Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian, 8 March 2014
including an interview with Agnes from Cote d’Ivoire

Where do we go next on the road to women’s equality – Juliet Stevenson points the finger at the brutal treatment of refugee women

Juliet Stevenson, The Independent, 9 March 2014


Former Yarl’s Wood Detainee Calls For an End to ‘Detention Hell’

Bedfordshire On Sunday, 17 February 2014

Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre Shames Britain – When Did “Refugee” Become a Dirty Word?

Laurie Penny joins the campaign, New Statesman 17 February 2014

The Ordeal of Refugees at Yarl’s Wood Shames Us All

Allison Pearson speaks out, Telegraph, 12 February 2014

Zadie Smith calls for end to Women’s ‘Waking nightmare’ at Yarl’s Wood

Zadie Smith, The Guardian, 10 February 2014

Three-Quarters of Detained Women Claiming Asylum in UK Have Experienced Rape or Torture

Huffington Post, 4 February 2014

Lesbian asylum seekers

Natasha Walter with Jane Garvey and Tim Barden, BBC Woman’s Hour, 3 February 2014

Women Asylum Seekers’ Despair Behind Bars

Sky News, 2 February 2014


Criticism of treatment of women asylum seekers

BBC World Tonight, 29 January 2014

Handling of female asylum seekers puts UK to shame

Independent, 29 January 2014

Our Duty to Refugee Women is to Care. Interview with Meltem Avcil

Ros Wynne-Jones, Daily Mirror, 29 January 2014

Why we must end the detention of female asylum seekers in the UK

New Statesman, 29 January 2014