I went to the Women for Refugee Women event in London. It was research training to help the most vulnerable women in the UK, who are destitute, with women who have experienced destitution. Priscilla was the Policy co- ordinator for the day. We learnt about doing a voluntary questionnaire, which asks women about their experience of destitution here in UK, it asks about how you cope during destitution, and how you survive the situation.
The purpose of the research was to end the destitution of women in the UK.
I felt excited that women are being honoured, listened to, we are precious.
We contributed case-studies and issues to the report from Baobab Women’s Project and Refugee Rights Europe, which has been submitted to the UN CEDAW committee to try to improve the rights of women who suffer violence and abuse.
Find a link to the report here: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/e490a6_9b69b1a216644e41a864ae36b33b6390.pdf
Happy to share out annual report from 2017-2018, residents developing projects well, with other groups, we are small but active.
The CMWH along with other organisation attended the Migrant Organise meeting held on the 10/05/18 in Birmingham.
Migrant Organise is a platform that create a movement which is powerful and strong for migrant and refugee to expose the reality of the situation to public eye and politician.
The aim of the meeting was first of all to say fair well to Sunny Migrant Organiser Midlands, secondly follow up of the previous meeting to find out if we are ready to continue working with them to break the silence about the hostile environment and finally to invite us to their Strategy Planning Day which will take place in Manchester. The purpose of that will be to have a broad conversation on how to work together in other to understand our needs and they can offer.
Working with them will be a great opportunity on how to tackle issues which are facing asylum seekers and refugees but also how to get to the solutions. I believed that we can make change.
for more information visit: migrant organise
CMWH in partnership with CARAG invited the MP Jim Cunningham on the 20/04/18 to discuss about issues related to asylum seekers and refuges and how to stand against the hostile environment.
The first advice he gave us is to get in touch with the MP of own constituency.
Explain the situation in which we are going through
Try to explain the stories as it is because if you want them to get involve in cases they need to know everything.
If we want to achieve something we must stand as a group.
Here are some tips on how to engage with your MP
How to engage an MP.
Welcome and greet your MP.
- Thank them for taking time to come out.
Introduce yourself and the group (basic).
- Individual introductions.
- Explain what your project does.
Explain the reason for meeting-what are the issues.
- Issues Asylum Seekers face
Help the MP understand the issues – give personal or group case examples.
- e.g People who have been in the UK for +15 yrs and are failed asylum seekers have no right to support themselves, education, health care.
- e.g Syrian Asylum Seekers
Help your MP understand the issue.
- Because of this, people go through stress which cause other health issues like mental health issues, destitution & poverty. These people could be a boost to society & economy.
- Syria is suffering a terrible civil war and unthinkable to deport people back there.
Give the MP 2 solutions for the issue.
- Allow people to receive basic services, education & health care
- Grant people amnesty that have been in the country a long time status
- Grant Syrians status
Ask the MP what actions they will take.
- What are you going to do?
- Will you take this to your party & Parliament?
Ask the MP when/how this issue maybe resolved.
- Ask them for a time frame
- Follow up with phone calls, emails or meetings.
Find useful information on the parliament website:parliament debates