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Tales from Women Seeking Asylum

We are proud to share our new publication, Voices of Refugee Women – Tales from Women Seeking Asylum. Thanks to WILPF International’s Movement Building Grant, we were able to create this booklet as part of the legacy of our 2017 Autumn Seminar, Voices of Refugee Women.

On Saturday 25th November 2017, we invited eleven women to talk about their experiences as women seeking refuge in the UK for our Autumn Seminar. We deemed it important to put refugee women and their testimonies centre-stage to hear from them for once. Our aim was to show solidarity with and support for such women in our country. UK WILPF welcomes refugees.

This booklet starts with a narrative report from the day of our 2017 Seminar, and then details the stories of three refugee women living in the UK. These were contributed through interviews after our Seminar.

This booklet hopes to continue raising awareness of what life is like to be a woman seeking refuge in the UK. We need to counter the ugly rhetoric which has been gaining traction across our country. And we all need to stand up for those who are vulnerable and in perilous situations.  

We also believe that the UK Government has obligations to protect these women and their human rights through various national and international human rights instruments including the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). UK WILPF hopes to make continuous effort to address this issue with the Government helping them to make positive changes.

We want to thank our wonderful, brave contributors to this booklet and all the strong women who came and spoke at our Seminar. Your stories are so important, and we hope that by using them to educate others, attitudes will change here.


You can download a PDF copy of the booklet here –

Voices of Refugee Women booklet final draft PDF


(Views expressed in The Blog do not reflect those of WILPF)

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