The WHY REFUGEE WOMEN is one of the leading charities in the UK working directly with refugees woman, and supporting them to rebuild their lives. We also speak up for refugees using our direct work as an evidence base, and ensure refugees have a stronger and more influential voice in decisions that will affect them. We work with a range of partners and in collaboration to ensure we can best support our clients.
History of the charter:
01 WHY REFUGEE WOMEN
01 WHY REFUGEE WOMENis not a new idea. It builds on the valuable work of others. This work includes Asylum Aid's 'The Charter of Rights of Women Seeking Asylum' and Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) various campaign work and good practice recommendations to organisations. All of this work argues that refugee women should be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
02 In Yorkshire and Humberside one of the key policy documents for refugees was the ‘Regional integration strategy for refugees and asylum seekers’ (2010) by the then Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership (now renamed Migration Yorkshire). However, it was felt that there was not enough mention of women's issues and needs throughout the paper.
03 WHY REFUGEE WOMEN
03 WHY REFUGEE WOMENbegan as a small group of representatives from Huddersfield and Calderdale WomenCentre, Refugee Council and Northern Refugee Centre. They met to ask how to advocate further for refugee women. As these organisations worked together on the document the question came up of where are the refugee women in this process? They decided that they needed to support women refugees themselves to take ownership of these issues.
04 With the additional support of Oxfam this led to the first meeting of a group of women from around the region with passion, skills, leadership and vision. Several members of that first group are now meeting regularly to take the work forward and develop it even further.
05 WHY REFUGEE WOMEN
05 WHY REFUGEE WOMENunderlines the strengths of refugee women and their important role within communities. It highlights some of women's specific needs and why services should understand these. It consists of both minimum standards for working with refugee women in Yorkshire and Humber and aspirational standards