Publications

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…

The Immigration Bill 2015 – changes to accommodation and financial support (asylum support) for asylum seekers – How will it impact on women?

By Alice Webb, Women’s Legal Advisor at the Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP) The Government is planning major changes to the asylum support system in the UK. These changes are outlined in the Immigration Bill 2015, currently making its way through Parliament. If you want to find out more about the proposed changes, please read our…

A tale of two treaties

Two new European conventions will strengthen the rights of women seeking asylum. The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) has been ratified by many member states.  The tenth ratification (by Andorra) triggered its entering into force in August 2014.  The UK signed the Convention in…

UNHCR: Situation deteriorating for Colombian women

UNHCR has warned that the situation for women in Colombia has continued to deteriorate, with women at risk of violence from all parties to the armed conflict ongoing in the country. Women who are human rights defenders or who are in leadership roles are at particular risk in Colombia, according to UNHCR, and this is…

UNHCR: Internally displaced women and children at particular risk in Ukraine

UNHCR has published an update on protection considerations in Ukraine that concludes that internally displaced women continue to face a severe risk of sexual and gender-based violence. The report raises concerns over the fact that the particular vulnerabilities of women due to their gender are not recognised in Ukrainian laws and policies on internally displaced…