Women for Refugee Women challenges the injustices experienced by women who cross borders to seek safety. There are three strands to their work:
- grassroots support to empower women who are seeking asylum;
- working with the arts, media and public events to tell women’s stories;
- publishing research and informing politicians to create a fairer asylum process.
They lead the Set Her Free campaign to end the detention of women who seek asylum in the UK, and have conducted research into the experiences of women in detention.
“Women who come to this country to seek protection can be locked up at any stage of their asylum claim, for any length of time. Detention is unnecessary, expensive and compounds the trauma of vulnerable women.”
Peers in the House of Lords voted in favour of an amendment to the Immigration Bill that – if passed into law – would end the detention of pregnant women in UK immigration centres like Yarl’s Wood.