Missed Out was launched at the end of August, the newest campaign under the auspices of the Charter of Rights of Women Seeking Asylum. The Charter has the backing of well over 300 organisations, including Refugee Action and ranging from national charities to grass-root groups. It’s being led by Asylum Aid, and here their Public Affairs and Communications Officer, Dr Russell Hargrave, explains more….
Missed Out calls on the Home Office to close the gaps in the government’s current Violence Against Women and Girls strategy. The strategy promises “cohesive and comprehensive” action to help women in the UK and overseas, but women seeking asylum are the subject of just one, heavily-qualified sentence.
This isn’t good enough and Missed Out demands that, when the strategy is revisited in November, women seeking asylum are guaranteed:
- access to a fair and gender-sensitive asylum system which results in decisions that are right first time
- Border Agency officials who demonstrate an understanding of gender-based persecution
- equivalent levels of sensitivity and expertise already expected of the police and Crown Prosecution Service when dealing with women affected by sexual violence
- a political commitment that assures them the same rights as other women
Two months on, Missed Out has enjoyed greater reach and influence than any Charter campaign before. There is no better time to maintain the pressure on the Home Secretary. You can print off the template letter and all the campaign literature from www.asylumaid.org.uk/charter and post it to your MP.
Posted by Eleanor Dean