Women and girls who have fled the world’s most brutal wars and repressive countries fall through a protection gap in the UK asylum system. Many of them have been raped or have experienced domestic violence, but they are not given the basic protections that we take for granted when it comes to any other woman in this situation.
We believe that no woman seeking asylum should have to tell her story:
in front of her children
The protection gap advocates
The Protection Gap Advocates are a group of refugee women campaigners. The group plans and executes activities to improve the gender sensitivity of the UK asylum system. As women who have been through the asylum system, the Protection Gap Advocates are best-placed to understand the impacts of barriers to protection experienced by women refugees.
Through their hard work, the campaign continues to grow and move towards achieving its five demands listed above. The members gain campaign skills and feel empowered by working together to achieve important reforms. They have focused on informing women asylum seekers and their lawyers about the demands and generating tools to support women going through the process of seeking protection.
Here, Khedija and Princess A talk about the campaign and the Protection Gap Advocates’ activities:
As well as the Protection Gap Advocates in London there are three other groups of refugee women actively involved in partnership in the Protection Gap campaign:
Refugee Women’s Strategy Group (Glasgow)
Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) (Manchester)
DEWA (Development and Empowerment for Women’s Advancement) (South Yorkshire)
If you are interested in joining read this.