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Abused No More: Refugee and Asylum-seeking Women
This project aims to influence institutional change and increase gender sensitivity in the treatment of refugee and asylum-seeking women by allowing the women themselves to identify the problems they currently face through community-led action research and training.
May 2012 - April 2015
Charity information: The IARS International Institute
There is a need for professionals working with refugee and asylum seeking women to have a deeper understanding of gender related violence and trauma and how this in turn results in the need for gender specific provisions.
In keeping with IARS’ ethos of community-led social problem solving, this project enables refugee and asylum-seeking women in London to explore, design and deliver a training program for key policy makers and professionals working with refugee and asylum seeking women. The training, which is going to be launched in February 2014, will raise awareness of the impact of gender-related trauma and violence and promote gender sensitive treatment of refugee and asylum seeking women.
Refugee and asylum seeking women will feel more able to cope with the trauma they have experienced.
Activities» Group sessions with the women will improve their knowledge of policy and law surrounding the immigration/asylum seeking process.
» Peer mentoring for the women involved will help them feel more supported and listened to.
What success will look like
The women involved in the project report an increase in knowledge of policy and law around the topic and an increased level of feeling supported and listened to.
Organisations gain improved knowledge and skills to identify and respond to the needs of RASW.
Activities» A training programme designed by refugee and asylum seeking women which will raise awareness of their needs and experiences.
» New training programme to be delivered by refugee and asylum seeking women to policy makers and service providers.
What success will look like
Delegates will have an improved knowledge of the needs of refugee and asylum seeking women.
Through the delivery of a new training programme the project aims to influence institutional change and increase gender sensitivity in the treatment of refugee and asylum seeking women. Follow-up support provided to delegates will measure their ability to identify the signs and symptoms of RASW that need further support and the types of service improvement that have been put in place.
The topic of the project, gender-related violence, could potentially be very upsetting for some of the women involved. For that reason, all of the women will be supported during the project by IARS staff and research associates with a great deal of expertise in conducting action research with vulnerable groups.
Project updates will regularly be posted on the IARS website. At the end of the project, we will produce an evaluation report and toolkit, which will be disseminated via the IARS website.
Budget - Project Cost: £2,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £2,000 Group sessions Group sessions to be held for refugee and asylum seeking women engaged in the project
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Comic Relief £118,861 Guaranteed
The project will take place in London.
Refugee and asylum seeking women engaged in the project will directly benefit by gaining skills, knowledge and emotional resilience.
Refugee and asylum seeking women in the UK will benefit as service providers and policy makers will have an increased awareness of their needs and experiences.
Organisations will benefit from training that enables them to better meet the needs of this vulnerable group.
IARS is a leading, international think-tank with a charitable mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society.
We achieve our charitable aims by producing evidence-based solutions to current social problems, sharing best practice and by supporting young people to shape decision making. IARS is an international expert in restorative justice, human rights and inclusion, citizenship and user-led research.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Dr Natalia Paszkiewicz
Research and Policy Coordinator
“I’ve found out about other women’s experiences and it gives you some kind of closure, when you can share your problems with other people.”