Following a very successful Abused No More celebration and fundraising event in support of the achievements of refugee and asylum-seeking women that took place at UCL in April 2015, we have now established a special Hardship Fund to support refugee and asylum-seeking women involved in our project.
The Hardship Fund will enable us to continue working with women affected by gender-based violence who are seeking protection in the UK, allowing this hard-to-reach group to actively participate in the community and overcome social exclusion. Our beneficiaries are particularly vulnerable women who are survivors of sexual violence, FGM and other forms of abuse.
Furthermore, many of them have been refused asylum in the UK, and as a consequence face destitution together with their young children. Those women are not permitted to work in the UK and live on as little as £35 per week.
Refugee and asylum-seeking women involved in the Abused No More project have kindly donated traditional West and Central African dresses as well as hand made jewellery in order to raise funds. To purchase those, please follow this link.
To further support our women, please also consider donating through the Big Give.
All proceeds go towards women's expenses such as food, travel and childcare costs.
For more information about the fund, please contact IARS Projects Coordinator (Equalities),