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Missed Out - New Charter Campaign

Today sees the launch of the new campaign under the Charter of rights of women seeking asylumMissed Out


That means it is now time for you and your organisation to take action. 


The action we are asking you to take is to send the template letter (attached), along with the campaign leaflet (also attached), to all your parliamentary contacts – that might just be your local MP or you might have contact with a number of MPs and Peers.  It will help if you are able to personalise the letter.  When you send the letter, could you also send the attached leaflet.  It doesn’t matter whether you do this electronically or by post.  Please take this action within the next fortnight if possible– and it would be great if you could let us know what your MP replies, by emailing charter@asylumaid.org.uk


You can find out who your MP is, and how to contact them, by typing your postcode into www.theyworkforyou.com


Or it's really simple to email your MP about the campaign directly, via our colleagues at the Refugee Council http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=121&ea.campaign.id=16171

Campaign summary


The Government’s current Violence Against Women strategy promises action for women here and overseas, but is largely silent on the rights of those women who have fled persecution abroad to seek protection in the UK. 

Asylum-seeking women are missed out.

Of the 100 ‘actions’ in the strategy, there is only one commitment by the UK Border Agency to ensure women seeking asylum are treated fairly and with respect and this commitment is very general. 


The Home Office generally reports on the strategy on 25th November as this is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.   We believe that the government urgently needs to take a detailed look at protecting the rights of asylum-seeking women – and it can start when the strategy is reported on this November. 


Do take a look at our new webpage dedicated to the Missed Out campaign where we will be keeping you up to date on developments www.asylumaid.org.uk/charter


The feedback I have received about the campaign plans has been very positive.  The Charter now has over 300 endorsers so there is lots of potential for influence!