Don't leave me out of the Domestic Abuse Bill!
A survey by Women Against Rape (WAR) of asylum-seeking women using their services has found that nearly half are destitute. All suffered rape or other sexual violence in their country of origin. But so far only one-third had been able to report to claim asylum. Those women who have reported faced hostility, stigma and discrimination, … Continue reading Press release. Our survey finds nearly half of victims of sexual violence facing Christmas destitute.
We help ensure women’s experiences of destitution and their demands for change are integral to asylum and other immigration campaigning, and in the movement more widely. Read below how London women who gave evidence to the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty included Trinity from our network. Her evidence ensured that the terrible suffering of women and … Continue reading Trinity tells the UN about living in extreme poverty
My name is Bertha and I am from the All African Women’s Group. We are a self-help group of asylum seeking women and refugees from many countries. Many of us have fled from War, Poverty, Domestic violence and Environmental damage. I grew up in South Nigeria, the Delta Region which is very wealthy in resources. … Continue reading Environmental devastation by the oil industry and big business is forcing us to flee. “We demand they stop their killing projects”. Women speak out at Extinction Rebellion
We're publicising women's experiences of so-called "voluntary returns". The infamous Home Office "Go Home" van makes clear that voluntary return is part and parcel of its Hostile Environment policy. How can making life so unbearable that someone has no alternative but comply be called "voluntary"? As someone recently said to us, "If it's voluntary why … Continue reading Women reveal bullying and intimidation to force them into “voluntary ” return. “It’s just deportation with another name.”
Since 2002 BWRAP and WAR have been providing specialist services to victims seeking asylum in the UK. Research, including our own, has found that over 70% of women seeking asylum have fled rape elsewhere. We document what happened to them and the aftermath of sexual violence: the continuing impacts of stigma and trauma. We help … Continue reading Written evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee enquiry into modern slavery