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Why Do We Rapidly Need to Help Refugee Women and Asylum Seekers?

Vulnerable, isolated, and petrified. Have you any idea what it’s like to be a refugee woman? Before doing this research, I thought surely it isn’t as tough as people say but believe me it’s even more scarcely, shocking than imaginable.

Fighting for your rights to get support and services to find out sooner or later that you will get moved to another area and then you will have none again. Think about how soul destroying that must be! 

‘At least half of the total number of refugees in the world are women and girls. However, they are most often classified as a minority group along with people with a disability, youth and children and members of the LGBTQIA+ community, the elderly, and religions.’

Why are female refugees classed as minority groups?

‘Minority groups’ are people that suffer from discrimination due to their statues. Women and girls contribute to 50% of them. Cultural difference gives women lower social status and forces them to have to depend on males. 

Therefore, they have lack of educational opportunities, barriers to accessing health services for reproduction, no legal protection, lack of sanitary materials and inaccessible asylum systems.

Did you know that one of the worst common causes for refugee women not being able to gain support is because they’re tightly, trapped in abusive relationships, child marriage and human trafficking?

‘One in five refugee or internally displaced women have faced sexual violence, and the situation continues to worsen globally.’

These causes are preventable if we can work together to protect refugees. However, if we cannot prevent them, then we can give them a community, safety, and opportunities that they will need to pursue a better life and to put their torturous past behind them.

Refugee Women Connect

Refugee Women Connect are one of the outstanding charities who are a non-profit organisation, that helps women asylum seekers and refugees who face inequality. They do this through:

Welcoming women from all backgrounds no matter race, ethnicity, social background, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, and nationality which they believe makes their organisation thrive.

You can find them on Tiktok, Facebook and Instagram as: refugeewomenconnect. Twitter: @refugee_women or if you’re wanting to join their amazing community you can email: [email protected].

Urgently, if you or someone else is needing their help you can call: 0151 from 9-5pm Tues-Fri.

‘We dream of a world where all women who seek asylum are seen as women, as neighbours, as mothers, as colleagues, as activists - as sisters, not strangers.’

They need your help

Homelessness is rising and support is lacking so I need you to help change that. You can do this by donating any amount that you wish to Refugee Women Connect.

£5= nappies for 1 refugee baby for 1 week to £100 which can provide weekly one to one mental health and wellbeing support for a month for a woman recovering from trauma. Even a little bit can make such an enormous difference. 

Can’t afford to donate? Create a fundraising event such as a bake sale, sponsored run or just create a Facebook event where people can donate. (If you need help with this then email: [email protected].)

Emma Mcclure trained for the Manchester Marathon which she bravely completed and raised a phenomenal amount of £3130! This all went to Refugee Women Connect so that they can change more refugees and asylum seekers lives for the better. 

Volunteering as they’re always appreciative of any help that they receive and would love for you to join their diverse community.

You can help a refugee from Ukraine by giving them a place to stay. I know a wealthy family in my area that is doing this scheme by letting 20-year-old women stay in their home which I think is incredible. 

Finally, create petitions, use your word of mouth and creative skills to share to the world and teach them why it’s important to help refugee women and asylum seekers. 

By Lauren Entwisle.