Welcome to Women Against Rape’s Refuge from Rape & Destitution blog.  Together with our partners, the All African Women’s Group (AAWG), we are campaigning to highlight and end the injustices women face in the asylum system, and the government imposed destitution women suffer as a result.

Read about the battles that AAWG members Becky and Okeke, who both fled rape/domestic violence, have faced to secure safety and protection in the UK in this article published recently on Vice.com.

“Sara” describes in the Independent how she 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. There’s more about that battle on the blog here, including the Home Office’s own lawyer confessing even she couldn’t understand its refusal letter, so couldn’t argue why Sara should not be given asylum! WAR helped Sara win substantial – and to our knowledge unprecedented – damages for the delay.

Find out more in “Up from Destitution”, research conducted by AAWG in the summer to find out why members are made destitute and what they and their children suffer as a result. An article about the report’s findings is available here.

Members of the All African Women’s Group (AAWG) continue to win their cases, after hard won battles in an hostile and cruel process which disbelieves and dismisses victims’ accounts by seizing on the difficulties caused by trauma and stigma. Read here about three recent victories: two women won the right to stay in the UK and one, who had already won status here, is after 19 years, reunited with her children that she was forced to leave in Nigeria.

Changes proposed in the new “Nationality & Borders” and “Judicial Review & Courts” bills currently being debated in parliament will prevent women like Becky, Okeke and Sara overturn Home Office injustice. Find out how you can protest here.