We Are Still Here (November 2017) finds that vulnerable asylum-seeking women are still being locked up in immigration detention. This is a hard-hitting, critical report which was widely covered by Sky News, BBC and the Guardian on publication and whose findings have been frequently mentioned in Parliament.
In November 2017 Mohammad Yasin MP stated: "Research from Women for Refugee Women shows that women who have survived rape, female genital mutilation and other forms of gendered violence are still routinely detained in defiance of the guidance on the management of adults at risk. Will the Minister urgently assess why the guidance is failing these vulnerable women?" and Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, replied: "I thank the hon. Gentleman for drawing attention to this important matter. I am aware of the research."
I Am Human (January 2015) looks closely at the experiences of women detained in Yarl's Wood. It revealed that women are routinely watched and searched by male staff in the detention centre, despite Home Office denials.
It was widely covered, including on Channel 4 News, Guardian and BBC's World at One, and resulted in new guidance from the Home Office to prevent men watching women on the suicide watch in Yarl's Wood detention centre.
Our groundbreaking report Refused: the experiences of women denied asylum in the UK examines the effects of refusal on women seeking asylum in the UK. For this report, Women for Refugee Women interviewed more than 70 women who had claimed asylum in the UK. Almost all of the women had been refused asylum. Of those refused asylum, more than half had been made destitute, with no means of support or housing, a quarter had been detained, and more than half had contemplated suicide.
Policy briefings and evidence
Informed by the experiences of refugee women in our network, WRW regularly gives evidence and writes policy briefings for MPs and Lords.
The Way Ahead (March 2017) lays out how to build an asylum process which does not rely on detention.
It explores the views and experiences of women refugees to show the harms of routine detention and the need to build a fairer and more humane asylum system.
In March 2017 Caroline Lucas MP stated in Parliament: 'I commend to the Minister a report by Women for Refugee Women that sets out practical alternatives to detention as a routine part of asylum policy.'
Our hardhitting report which launched the Set Her Free campaign, Detained: women asylum seekers locked up in the UK was published on 29 January 2014.
With a foreword by Philippe Sands QC, and an article by actress Juliet Stevenson about her experiences of campaigning for women in detention, this report is essential reading for politicians, campaigners and journalists. It has been widely covered in the media, including BBC World Tonight, the Daily Mirror, Sky News and the Independent, and is frequently mentioned in Parliament.
In February 2014 Baroness Helena Kennedy said in the House of Lords: 'I strongly urge the Minister and Members of this House to read a report called Detained, produced by Women for Refugee Women, an organisation that I know well. Read it and your hearts will break. So many of these women have experienced terrible persecution, yet the process they face in this country is neither fair nor just.'