Welcome to Refuge from Rape & Destitution – campaigning by Women Against Rape and the All African Women’s Group to expose and end horrific injustice women face in the asylum system, and government imposed destitution that they and their children suffer as a result. We are part of the Global Women Against Deportations coalition (GWAD).

We provide rape and domestic violence victims with self-help tools and other resources, available on this site, to understand and pursue their legal cases. The All African Women’s Group runs collective self-help sessions and provides ongoing support for members. Women taking part in our sessions over the past four years have had a 100% success rate at appeal – read here about three recent victories. We just held our first in-person session since the pandemic started.

Nationality & Borders Bill passed

Over 60 people joined the All African Women’s Group protest on 26 April calling on the House of Lords to stand firm in its opposition to this devastating legislation. The following day it was returned to the Lords and at the last stage the Labour Party caved in. As a result the last remaining Lords’ amendment – that the measures in the Bill should comply with the Refugee Convention – didn’t get sufficient votes and the bill was voted through and is now law.

But the battle continues to oppose this vicious legislation! Read report here and about the latest direct action against Priti Patel here.


Patel’s borders Bill will ‘destroy us,’ refugees in Britain warn

Recent press coverage

  • “UK Borders Bill is an attack on women” on Nadja.co.
  • “How the Nationality and Borders Bill will affect women refugees and asylum seekers”, the Independent
  • Webinar against Nationality & Borders Bill, the Canary & Morning Star.
  • Ugandan lesbian woman wins asylum after cruel ordeal at asylum interview, Hampstead and Highgate Express.
  • Gloria & Bibi on horrific conditions and women’s resistance in detention, the Metro.
  • Becky & Okeke describe the battles they’ve faced seeking asylum from rape and domestic violence in the UK, the Vice.com.
  • “Sara” was left destitute and cramped into “disgusting” slum housing with her family while suffering a horrendous nine year wait for a Home Office decision on her asylum claim, the Independent.
  • Cristel Amiss, RRD Joint Co-ordinator, on preventing violence against women, the Independent.