Publications

Women flee rape in Burundi

Women fleeing outbreaks of violence in Burundi are reaching Tanzania with harrowing tales of sexual violence, according to reports from UNHCR. More than 137,000 Burundians have fled to neighbouring Tanzania since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced just over a year ago that he would run for a third term. The announcement ignited a wave of protests,…

Green energy project to protect refugees from rape in Uganda

A new green energy program in Uganda aims to keep refugee women and girls safe from sexual assault. A consortium of international agencies, including UNHCR, World Food Programme and the Women’s Refugee Commission have established a new green energy program providing energy-saving stoves and slow-burning briquettes to refugee women in the Kyaka II refugee settlement…

First ever Refugee Olympic team hosts four women

The International Olympic Commission has announced that four women and six men will form the first Refugee Olympic team, competing in running, swimming and judo.  They will have a home in the Olympic Village, have the Olympic anthem played in their honour and the Olympic flag will lead them into the Olympic Stadium. The IOC…

EU-Turkey deal leaves women and girls unprotected from gender-based violence

A new report by the Women’s Refugee Commission has slated the EU-Turkey deal for its impact on women refugees’ safety saying, ‘the political decision by the EU to close borders, implement harsh policies…and return refugees to Turkey was a catalyst for today’s dangerous circumstances for women and girls.’ The EU-Turkey agreement is criticised for failing…

Women’s Asylum News 136

In this issue of Women’s Asylum News there is new guidance on the 72-hour time limit on detention of pregnant women and new evidence on the extent of sexual assaults that have taken place in the notorious detention centre, Yarl’s Wood. Click the image below to read!  

Open letter to the new Home Secretary Amber Rudd

Dear Home Secretary, Congratulations on your appointment. Your government has committed to leave the European Union while maintaining Britain’s position as a compassionate and outward facing country, meeting our global responsibilities. We are writing to urge you to maintain and increase the UK’s support for people who have fled violence, conflict and persecution, as part…

Asylum Aid statement on the result of the EU referendum

This morning we have learnt that British voters have chosen that the UK should leave the European Union. Given the fundamental importance of the question of our EU membership, it was to be expected that politics and the national conversation at large has been taken over by the debate over ‘Brexit’ for the last few…

Savoo: Shop, search and support Asylum Aid

Asylum Aid has recently partnered with Savoo.co.uk on a new and exciting fundraising project. Every time you use Savoo, you can be donating to us by either searching online, or using their voucher codes & deals to save money. You can now show your support for Asylum Aid when you use Savoo Search, Save and Raise as your online shopping platform….

When we crack down on one border, another, more dangerous route opens up

On Wednesday 1st June, Zoe Gardner from Asylum Aid was interviewed on Sky News Tonight about the growing issue of smugglers taking asylum seekers on perilous journeys across the Channel to the UK. Zoe emphasised the need for a credible, humane response to the refugee crisis, that provides desperate people making chaotic, dangerous journeys with a…

30 under 30 – Doing ‘PR’ for refugee rights

Asylum Aid’s Communications Officer, Zoe Gardner, has been named as one of PR Week magazine’s “30 under 30” for 2016. She blogs about what she loves about the job. Despite the public-facing nature of my job, I am still always surprised and gratified every time I am contacted by a stranger to let me know…