Publications

Policy Briefing: Double Standards for Women Seeking Asylum in Europe

Women seeking asylum in Europe face double standards. Measures for victims of sexual violence in conflict and victims of crime are not guaranteed to victims of the same sexual violence seeking asylum in the UK. Yet these measures would enhance credibility assessments. Credibility assessments have a disproportionate effect on women’s asylum claims particularly those based…

Don’t Stand By

By Debora Singer, Policy & Research Manager With refugees facing dangerous journeys to reach protection, I find myself regularly using the hashtag #saferoutes. But what does this phrase actually mean? As I pondered this, I realised that my parents and grandparents had used many safe routes themselves as Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. So as…

The Shaw Review into Welfare in Detention: Implications for women in detention

The presumption against detention should be extended to victims of rape and sexual violence, and the presumption of exclusion from detention of pregnant women should be replaced with an absolute exclusion according to the recommendations made by Stephen Shaw in a review of welfare in immigration detention of vulnerable persons. The review focuses mainly on…

Women and children at risk of sexual violence in Europe’s refugee crisis

Women and children refugees entering Europe in the ongoing displacement crisis face sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, even once on European soil, according to a growing number of voices. Amnesty International recently reported alarm over numerous testimonies from women who have suffered abuse at the hands of fellow refugees, smugglers, and even European authorities, while the…

Rape as a weapon of war in Darfur

Rape is used as a weapon in the long-running conflict in Darfur, affecting women and girls from non-Arab black African ethnic groups in particular, according to a snapshot report produced by Waging Peace, that highlights the use sexual and gender-based violence by armed groups in Darfur. Indeed, sexual attacks are said to have a clear…

Yarl’s Wood update: Home Office accused of breaching handcuffing guidelines

Women detained in Yarl’s Wood report skipping hospital appointments and healthcare check-ups in order to avoid the indignity and humiliation of being handcuffed during hospital visits. The Home Office has been accused of breaching its own guidelines on handcuffing asylum seekers by Women for Refugee Women, expressing concern about the use of restraints on female…

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

The disparity in the treatment of women asylum seekers who have experienced sexual violence, as compared to the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices efforts to prevent sexual violence in conflict is a stark example of the government’s inconsistent approach to tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG), according to a report entitled “Where are we now?…

Women’s cases in the early days of Asylum Aid by Monireh Moftizadeh

Asylum Aid was established in 1990 emerging from Rights and Justice which was a human rights organisation. Rights and Justice was set up in 1975 to help people of different nationalities with their campaigns, particularly from the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. It would also help people from these parts of the world…

Asylum Aid celebrates 25th anniversary

On 25 November 2015, Asylum Aid celebrated 25 years of representing refugees with a party for supporters, beneficiaries and staff. The evening was a great success, thanks to the overwhelming support that we received from a range of supporters, who generously gave their time pro-bono to the event. The event was first and foremost a…

Women’s Asylum News 133

In this issue of Women’s Asylum News, women and children at risk of sexual violence and exploitation in the European refugee crisis and updates on detention practices for women seeking asylum from Yarl’s Wood and the Shaw Review. Click on the image below to read!