5 years ago we started our Set Her Free campaign against the detention of asylum-seeking women. We are concerned that the issue is being brushed under the carpet while attention is on Brexit so we decided to take to social media to make sure that the voices of women who have been detained could be heard.

Three women spoke out about their experiences – Mariam, who was detained for 2 weeks; Agnes who was detained for 3 months and Mary who is currently locked up in Yarl’s Wood. The women received a huge amount of support from Everyday Sexism’s fantastic community! The Twitter takeover was covered in the media by BBC World Service, Bedford Independent and the Canary.

You can read the Twitter threads here:

Women for Refugee Women’s introduction to the issue of detention: https://twitter.com/EverydaySexism/status/1090686205971365888

Mariam’s story: https://twitter.com/EverydaySexism/status/1090694738045485059

Anges’ story: https://twitter.com/EverydaySexism/status/1090704505178636293

Mary’s story: https://twitter.com/EverydaySexism/status/1090712953735839745