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Call for City of Sanctuary to join refugee women outside Yarl’s Wood on Saturday 6th June

Women for Refugee Women have invited City of Sanctuary to speak on Saturday 6 June 2015 at the Shut Down Yarl’s Wood Protest, to demand safety and freedom for refugee women as part of their #SET HER FREE campaign.

Other speakers include: Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty; Helena Kennedy, lawyer and member of House of Lords, Maimuna Jawo, refugee activist, and Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, Nimko Ali, director and founder of Daughters of Eve, Caroline Criado-Perez feminist activist and journalist, Richard Fuller, MP for Bedford, Zrinka Bralo Director of Refugee and Migrant Forum.

Loads of organisations will be attending, including Women Asylum Seekers Together Manchester, Women in Hope Birmingham, Women Embrace Stoke on Trent, Why Refugee Women Bradford, Medical Justice, Movement for Justice, UK Feminista, Green Party Women….and hopefully City of Sanctuary groups from across the country to let the new government know we want action on Yarls Wood now.

If you can’t join us  – be sure to add your voice to the petition to Theresa May to end the detention of  women who seek asylum.

This looks like it will be an inspirational event and you are invited to bring musical instruments – tambourines, drums, triangles – and your voice and sing for freedom with the amazing Lips Choir and Manchester WAST choir.

Most of the women who are detained in Yarl’s Wood have come to the UK seeking asylum. Most of them are survivors of rape, sexual violence or other torture. They should not be locked up. Nor should they be subjected to male guards, some of whom have been known to abuse their power and add to their trauma. Please see our resources on detention and follow links to some of the appalling facts, that have emerged from the detention estate and in particular Yarl’s Wood.

Buses will be running to the protest from Manchester, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle, London and Bedford – email Women for Refugee Women for details [email protected] or for coach places from the North East please contact the North East Women’s Network by emailing [email protected] and from Bristol email Dr Finn Mackay [email protected] (From Bristol Tickets start at £9 – £15 higher donation amount to support the work of Women For Refugee Women. Asylum seeking & refugee women travel free. Coach picks up behind the @Bristol Centre in city centre on Anchor Rd in coach park, rear of @Bristol science centre. Meet 8.30am.)

Gather outside Yarl’s Wood, at the gates of Twinwoods Business Park, Thurleigh Road, Milton Ernest, Bedford MK44 1FD 12-30 pm – 3pm.

If you can’t attend – be sure to add your voice to the petition to Theresa May to end the detention of  women who seek asylum.