Why do we have a women’s project at ASAP?
The Women’s Project was set up in response to the particular difficulties that women asylum seekers, who are in need of financial support and accommodation, face while in the UK. In common with men, they often face issues of poor mental and physical health. For women, however, this is exacerbated by:
- Increased risks of domestic violence and sexual exploitation in the UK , particularly if they are unable to support themselves and their children.
- A more limited ability to access advice and support services, often due to cultural expectations, lack of self-confidence, lack of English language skills and the demands of child care.
For more information about how the asylum support system impacts on women, watch our powerful video about one of our clients:
What do we do?
We work to reduce destitution and its associated risks among women asylum seekers. We do this by:
- Prioritising the cases of women at the asylum support tribunal
- Providing training to women’s organisations on the asylum support system
- Providing factsheets and briefings on asylum support issues that are particularly relevant to women
- Lobbying the Home Office to improve its asylum support provision for women
Have a look at our report about the work of our project for more information:
How can we help you and your organisation?
- If you would like to refer a female client who has an appeal at the asylum support tribunal, please click here.
- If you have questions about supporting a female asylum seeker or refused asylum seeker around asylum support, please ring our Advice Line on: 020 3716 0283 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2-4pm.
Specialist training and advice
Our women’s legal advisor (Alice Webb) is able to offer free, bespoke training around the UK on the asylum support system. She has a particular remit to offer free training to women’s organisations (particularly domestic violence services) and to other services which predominantly support women. This includes health professionals such as midwives and health visitors.
Please contact Alice if you are interested in finding out more about asylum support training for your organisation:
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 020 3716 0284
The Women’s Project is funded by Comic Relief
Please note that ASAP does not offer appointments at our office, so please do not direct your clients to our office.