All women, whoever they are, wherever they come from, have the right to safe, respectful and dignified care in pregnancy and birth. Our government has promised this on the world stage.
Yet in England, Home Office policies and NHS regulations mean that women’s rights are being systematically violated, putting refugee and migrant mothers and their newborns at risk.
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White Ribbon Alliance in the UK is fundraising to hold a series of Peer Journalism workshops, so that refugee and migrant women can take the lead in gathering the evidence for change which policy makers and media say is missing.
Since 2015, working with partners (including Birthrights, Maternity Action, City of Sanctuary, Refugee Council and Royal Exchange Theatre) we have often heard that policy makers and mainstream media need such evidence. However, the most vulnerable women in our society – often pregnant women and new mothers who don’t even know their rights - are not being asked for that evidence. Many of them are undocumented, and so by definition they are uncounted and living beyond the reach of official surveys. They may also be rightly afraid to speak out, given the risks of detention and/or deportation. So how do we make the hidden experiences of women visible, how do we safely make their voices heard?
PEER JOURNALISM WORKSHOP
For several years we have been gathering women’s stories through film and photography. We now propose to step that up with a number of ‘Peer journalism’ workshops for migrant and asylum-seeking women. Building on the model of White Ribbon Alliance’s ‘citizen journalism’ workshops in Africa and Asia, this is an effective way to empower women, to tell hitherto unheard stories to decision makers and opinion formers who have the power to bring about change, and to enable communities to hold leaders to account.
For more information contact Brigid McConville: firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate in support of our work, go to WRA UK's My Donate Page.
For questions or queries, you can also get in touch with the below who are key campaigners in our network:
- Estelle Worthington, Asylum Matters, email@example.com
- Christopher Hicks, National Aids Trust, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Anna Miller, Doctors of the World, AMiller@doctorsoftheworld.org.uk
- Hannah Ward, Freedom From Torture, HWARD@freedomfromtorture.org