The Women’s Stream of Sanctuary is about sharing resources and ideas linked to women and sanctuary and making services more welcoming for asylum-seeking and refugee women. Women and girls make up around 50 per cent of any refugee, internally displaced or stateless population, and those who are unaccompanied, pregnant, heads of households, disabled or elderly are especially vulnerable
Women face particular difficulties throughout the asylum process. Lack of credibility is often the main reason why women’s asylum applications are refused. See Falling at each hurdle: Credibility assessments in women’s asylum claims – new video launched by Asylum Aid, in which Asylum Aid explores why.
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)
Asylum Aid – film to support their campaign to end the Protection Gap for women seeking asylum.
“From Us to You” it is a 3 minute film aimed at women asylum seekers before their asylum interviews, providing useful information. Please share this widely:
Latest Women Posts from across the City of Sanctuary Network
How does an asylum seeker and refugee drop-in centre support families with early years children?
Frances Brabazon has just completed her degree in Early Childhood Studies and is about to embark on a Masters degree…Posted by: City of Sanctuary Blog
CoS Trustee wins Fusion Woman of the Year Award.
We are proud of Qazi Marzia Babakarkhail who won the prestigious Fusion Woman of the Year award in Oldham last month.…Posted by: City of Sanctuary
City of Sanctuary Charter launched at AGM
On Wednesday 5th July at the AGM, City of Sanctuary proudly launched its charter which crystallizes who and what we are, our values and principles and will guide us to reach our vision.Posted by: City of Sanctuary
York - City of Human Rights, Short Film
York City of Sanctuary coordinator helped with this film about York becoming a City of Human Rights this year. Paul talks about the importance of human rights and how York has now become the very first City of Human Rights in the UK. we hope that many more follow suit.Posted by: York
Guardian report: Pregnant Women without Legal Status Avoid Seeking NHS Antenatal Care
The Guardian has reported that hundreds of pregnant women without legal status are avoiding seeking NHS antenatal care because of…Posted by: Maternity
Women's Group visits Senedd during half-term break.
Wednesday, 22nd February was a very special day which we were pleased to have shared. It was great to see…Posted by: Swansea
Hackney Borough of Sanctuary support for Syrian families
Hackney Borough of Sanctuary recently held an annual general meeting on 15 February 2017 to discuss how to give support to the process of bringing Syrian families to Hackney as part of Hackney Council’s commitment to bring families under the UNHCR programme.Posted by: Hackney
Churches across Ireland and UK - stand up for justice and unity
Taking the lead from Waterford, churches up and down Ireland, UK and beyond are joining forces to ring out their…Posted by: Waterford
Mapping Sanctuary in Edinburgh
As more refugees and asylum seekers arrive in Edinburgh, many brilliant initiatives have sprung up to provide a welcome across the city. As more groups are stepping forward to offer help and support – from providing bikes and language lessons through to advice on navigating the education and health system – the network becomes wider but more difficult to visualise.Posted by: City Template
Kings Heath Action for Refugees excited to announce next Eat and Greet!
Following their hugely successful fundraiser in August, they’re back! Kings Heath Action for Refugees are excited to announce that the next…Posted by: Birmingham