Refugees face challenges at every stage of their journeys: from clandestine border crossings to perilous oceans, to underfunded and overcrowded refugee camps or insecure urban accommodation. For refugee women, these risks are constantly heightened.

In the camps

Many of t...

“I’m not a human anymore”, “I’m like a shadow”… I have heard phrases like these countless times, but they never fail to cut deep. People who have come here in search of safety, only to find that their struggles will continue as they must try to survive in the UK. You s...

 The three values at the heart of the #AllWomenCount event on 8th March – safety, dignity and liberty for all women – are each underpinned by freedom from destitution and poverty. 

Yet many women currently seeking asylum in the UK are being forced into economic har...

All women count, but it is a shame that we have to shout about what should be obvious. Women who seek protection in the UK often find that their voices are marginalised or absent from debates in Parliament.

At Freedom from Torture a central principle of our work is to s...

My name is Pelin and I am a student. I like living in peace and being able to reach my realistic goals. Dancing is one of the things that I like doing the most in my spare time. It really boosts my energy level and motivation for overcoming new challenges.

I am also a m...

Since 2010, the government’s austerity measures have drastically reduced funding allocated to local councils, resulting in major cuts to refuges for women fleeing domestic violence. On average, funding has decreased by a third. What’s more, specialist domestic violence...

The All Women Count parliamentary rally comes at a timely moment in negotiations between governments on a new global framework on refugees – the so-called ‘UN Global Compact on Refugees.’

Refugee and migrant women activists, and civil society organisations supporting th...

If you have never been tortured, never been forced to make a dangerous journey or to leave your child, you can’t understand what it does to a human being.

For me, the damage was so great that I stopped speaking. I had no voice to tell what had happened to me. It was as...

“Violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons is exacerbated in situations of deprivation of liberty… in detention facilities there is usually a strict hierarchy, and that those at the bottom of the hierarchy, including lesbian, gay, bisexu...

February 22, 2018

‘Because you are an asylum seeker they can do anything to you.’ So speaks Nene (name changed), a mother and fashion designer from Democratic Republic of Congo, who has come to this conclusion through painful experience. ‘They say the UK is a safe place but I don’t thin...

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