Publications

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?…

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!

Protection Gap campaign – one year on

It is now exactly a year since the Charter of Rights of Women Seeking Asylum launched its campaign to close the Protection Gap.  Following an extensive postcard campaign, the Home Office included all five of our demands in its Gender Asylum Action Plan produced in March 2015. Now seems a good time to update the…

The brutal and devastating hardship faced by the women at Calais

After 8pm on August 20, two women from Sudan arrived in Calais. One had a child with her; the other had two. They had been travelling for weeks and, upon arrival, made their way to the Jules Ferry Centre. Run from three military tents, this day centre hands out one hot meal per day and…

Yarl’s Wood: Home Office to review detention of pregnant women

The Home Office has pledged to review its policy and practices of detaining pregnant asylum seekers after having to give a formal apology and pay compensation to a Ugandan asylum seeking woman who was unlawfully detained in Yarl’s Wood. Yarl’s Wood, the notorious women’s detention centre in Bedford, once again come under fire in August…

New Asylum Aid research project on women’s asylum appeals

Asylum Aid is undertaking a new research project looking at how women’s appeals are dealt with in the UK asylum process. Nearly two thirds of initial asylum applications are refused each year by the Home Office.  This research will explore how women asylum seekers navigate the appeals process, the extent to which current guidance is…

Successful challenge to DFT by vulnerable woman

On 5-6 October 2015 the Administrative Court was due to hear a challenge brought by a vulnerable woman to the decision to detain her in the detained fast track process (DFT) at Yarl’s Wood. On 2 October 2015 the Secretary of State settled the claim, conceding that in light of a number of judgments where…