charities supported by her stories 2018

In 2018, Her Stories aims to raise £60,000 to support womxn seeking asylum and refuge in the UK, as well as womxn rebuilding their lives after being trafficked. 

IT IS HARDER FOR WOMEN TO QUALIFY FOR REFUGEE STATUS THAN MEN

SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL/GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE ARE ROUTINELY DETAINED IN THE UK

1 IN 5 WOMEN IN YARLSWOOD DETENTION CENTRE HAVE ATTEMPTED SUICIDE

IN 2014, 99 PREGNANT WOMEN WERE DETAINED UNNECESSARILY AT YARLSWOOD

VULNERABLE WOMEN FACE NHS MATERNITY CHARGES OF £4,000 — £10,000+

THE UK GOVERNMENT IS PURSUING NEW AND AGGRESSIVE MATERNITY CHARGING

EVERY YEAR AROUND 2000 WOMEN SEEKING SAFETY IN THE UK ARE LOCKED UP

2,340 PEOPLE WERE REFERRED AS VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING IN THE UK IN 2014

VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING TYPICALLY HAVE ONLY 45 DAYS IN SHELTER TO RECOVER

 
 

Women for Refugee Women supports women who have come to the UK seeking asylum and challenges the injustices they face. Every Monday, over 100 women come to our offices in London for a warm welcome, English lessons, immigration advice, lunch, yoga and to build new friendships.  Most of them have experienced rape or sexual violence, some have been trafficked to this country and some have fled vicious conflicts. We enable these women, who are so often unseen and unheard, to build their confidence and communication skills in order to tell their own stories.

 

They work to empower women who have sought sanctuary in the UK to speak out about their own experiences to the media, to policy-makers and at public events.

In addition, they publish research  and work with policy makers in order to try to build a fairer asylum process in the UK. In particular, we are campaigning against detention and destitution within the asylum process because we believe that every woman who crosses borders in search of safety deserves a fair hearing and a chance to rebuild her life with dignity.

  Photo credit: Ana Norman Bermudez

Photo credit: Ana Norman Bermudez

 
 
 
 

Maternity Action is the UK’s leading charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, partners and young children - from conception through to the child’s early years.

Maternity Action offers free, expert advice on maternity rights for pregnant women and new mothers, and to migrant women having difficulties accessing maternity care through the NHS.

Specifically, Her Stories is supporting Maternity Action's Maternity care for all women campaign.

Research by Maternity Action and Doctors of the World has shown that charging for maternity care reduces the likelihood of vulnerable migrant women receiving essential maternity care. Vulnerable migrant women are at particularly risk of poor maternal health outcomes.  

Maternity Action provides advice and training to health professionals, advisers, community workers and volunteers supporting vulnerable migrant women during pregnancy and their child’s first year.

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Ella’s Home believes that people exploited by the injustice of human trafficking and sexual exploitation deserve every opportunity to recover and restore their lives. 

Ella’s Home opened its doors in January 2016 to enable the recovery of women who have experienced sexual exploitation and trafficking by providing a safe and restorative home.  

Ella’s Home also works alongside other women who have experienced trafficking and/ or sexual exploitation but who now live independently across London, providing advocacy and support as required.

Each woman works with a support worker to access essential services through partnership with multiple organisations. These services include: medical care, counselling, legal assistance, education, skills training, employment, and assistance to reside in the UK or safe repatriation to country of origin.

Ella’s Home offers outreach support to women across London and beyond as they work past their previous experience. They offer long term support and bespoke support to fit each individual.

Ella's Home is a project of Kahaila Charity and part of the Kahaila Women's Projects network. 

In light of the resources and provision that is actually available, 45 days is an unrealistic time frame to prepare a survivor for recovery.
— It Happens Here - Equipping the UK to fight modern slavery A report by The Centre for Social Justice, March 2013