Refused: the experiences of women denied asylum in the UK
The new report by Women for Refugee Women, Refused: the experiences of women denied asylum in the UK examines the effects of refusal on women seeking asylum in the UK.
‘This report paints a shameful picture about asylum practices and the treatment of women seeking refuge in the UK from serious human rights abuses and persecution. It should be read and re-read and then used to press for immediate and far-reaching changes to restore this country's role in promoting the rule of law and protecting those who are vulnerable and threatened.’
Professor Philippe Sands QC
For the report, Women for Refugee Women interviewed more than 70 women who had claimed asylum in the UK. It found that 49 per cent had experienced arrest or imprisonment as part of the experiences they were fleeing, 48 per cent had experienced rape, and that two thirds had experienced gender-related persecution, including sexual violence, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation. 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.
Refugee women deserve dignity. They deserve to be heard fairly. They deserve to be protected, not to find here the same situation that they escaped from.
Women for Refugee Women is an amazing charity. It serves to draw attention to the injustices of the asylum process and to point out ways in which the process needs to change.
Women who have crossed borders and faced persecution have suffered fates that we can barely imagine. A civilized country would give them a fair hearing and a chance to rebuild their lives.
I admire the work carried out by Women for Refugee Women. By telling the true stories of women and children in the asylum process they woke a lot of people up to the scandal of child detention.
Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse
I have been delighted to support Women for Refugee Women since its launch- I've been truly inspired by the great work this organisation does, enabling women who seek asylum to speak out - whether at the grassroots or to government ministers.
The Universal rights and freedoms Liberty campaigns to protect belong to everyone -.Women for Refugee Women gives a voice to those who'd otherwise go unheard. With so many across the globe still fleeing persecution it has a vital role to play in fighting for women seeking sanctuary here in Britain
Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty
Put the word refugee in front of woman and immediately prejudice and projection arise. Meet a refugee woman, hear her struggles – and her joys – and you encounter a person, like you and me, who has been more than unlucky....
....Women for Refugee Women joins the dots, restores our humanity to ourselves and enables women to fight for theirs. Please support them.
Susie Orbach, psychotherapist and author of Bodies and Fat is a Feminist Issue
Women for Refugee Women does valuable work in telling the human stories behind current asylum policy, and shining a light on injustices in the asylum process.
Helena Kennedy QC