Women often face particular challenges and dangers in their home countries, on their journey to safety and going through the asylum process.

We also have resources available on various topics relating to women's health and maternity.

If there is a resource that would be useful for us to include on this page, please share it with us via [email protected]

Disclaimer: The information provided in this section is intended for guidance only. It is not a substitute for professional advice and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss occasioned as a result of any person acting or refraining from acting upon it.

Inspirational Refugee Women

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Yusra Mardini

Whilst fleeing war in Syria, Yusra's boat started taking on water. She swam and pushed the boat for 3 hours to reach safety. Once settled in Germany, she trained for and competed in the 2016 Olympics.

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Judith Kerr

As a child, Judith's family fled Germany when the Nazis came into power. They settled in London and Judith grew up to write many wonderful children's books, including 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'.

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Women speaking out for change

There are refugee women across the City of Sanctuary network supporting each other and speaking out for change!

Useful Organisations and Resources

Women for Refugee Women challenges the injustices experienced by women who cross borders to seek safety.

UNHCR – Policies and Resources on Women and Gender based violence.

The Women’s Refugee Commission – Research and advocacy  for programs and policies to protect and empower  refugee women and children.

Scottish Refugee Council: Raising Refugee Women’s Voices (impact on its work with the Refugee Women’s Strategy Group)

A Guardian article on a floristry project in London for refugee women (Sep 2017)

Resources

Refugee Council toolkit from the Powerful Women's project - includes information and advice on different scenarios and situations, including how to deal with flashbacks.

Refugee Council Good Practice Guide for working with asylum-seeking and refugee women affected by rape and sexual violence (2009)

Women and the asylum system

'Failing at Each Hurdle: Credibility in Women's Asylum Claims' - a video from Asylum Aid (2015)

'From Us to You' - a video from Asylum Aid with useful information aimed at women seeking asylum

Gender Issues in the Asylum System from the Rights in Exile Programme

'We are still here: The continued detention of women seeking asylum in Yarl's Wood' - a report by Women for Refugee Women (2017)

Refugee women globally

Amnesty International article on the dangers women face on journeys through Europe

An article on '10 of the most dangerous countries to be a woman'

'Risks and Opportunities for the World's Refugee Women' - an article from the Council on Foreign Relations website

The effect of war on women

Trauma Awareness Publishing has launched two books:

'Under the Shade of a Tree: Somali Women Speak'

'Leaving Our Homeland: Syria to the Isle of Bute'

They contain evocative narratives around the impact of war and seeking safety. Contact Trauma Awareness for more information:

[email protected]