Close the Protection Gap
Now is your chance to help close the protection gap for women seeking asylum.
Take action in the new campaign under the Charter of Rights of Women Seeking Asylum which starts today!
In the past few months new initiatives have come into play for women facing rape and violence at home and abroad. But women seeking asylum are falling through a protection gap.
William Hague and Angelina Jolie signed off an international agreement on how a woman raped during a civil war should be supported. But if that woman comes to the UK to seek protection she isn’t guaranteed the same support. There is a glaring hypocrisy in how we treat women and girls who seek protection in the UK; they continue to be missed out of government policies on violence against women.
We believe that no woman seeking asylum should have to tell her story:
in front of her children
to a male interviewer or interpreter if she is not comfortable with this
to someone who doesn’t understand how trauma affects memory
without being given counselling
without information about her rights as a woman in the asylum system
We believe that five particular measures in Hague and Jolies’s international agreement are also vitally important for women seeking asylum in the UK.
Let’s tell Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to use her powers to put these measures in place in the asylum system now:
Provide childcare during screening and asylum interview
Guarantee that women can have a female interviewer and interpreter if they choose
Training for interviewers and interpreters on sexual violence, trauma and memory
Counselling and support for trauma for women who have experienced gender-based harm
Information about the asylum process, rights and entitlements specific to women seeking asylum
Take action now to close the Protection Gap for women seeking asylum:
For more information do go to www.asylumaid.org.uk/protectiongap
Praxis signs up to Human Rights Day Letter
Praxis has signed up to BIHR’s Human Rights Day letter, published in today’s Daily Telegraph, which has collected 163 signature. The letter and the full list of signatures can be found here.
Brighter Futures Plan Next Campaign
Our weekly self-advocacy group for young people is busy planning their workshops and activities for the next year. Brighter Futures will be using their wealth of skills and creativity as young leaders to improve the quality of life for others who face similar obstacles, as well as creating a safe and welcome space for new members to speak and be heard.
The group meet every Wednesday from 6:00pm-8:30pm at Praxis. Travel expenses and dinner is provided. The group is open to young asylum seekers, refugees and undocumented young people.
If you have any queries, would like to come along/refer someone to the group or would just like to find out more, please contact Emma Gardiner on 020 7729 7985 or email Emma.Gardiner@praxis.org.uk
A New Chance for New Mums!
Over the next few weeks we will be launching a new peer support group for young undocumented women and mothers. Having a baby can be a wonderful experience but it can also be an isolating one, especially for young women who have few friends and family around them for support.
The group will be a chance for young women and mums to make new connections, combat loneliness and share valuable support and helpful information on parenting. A space for sharing, learning and having some time to unwind and have fun can often be the key to staying well both mentally and physically.
The group will meet for an afternoon once a fortnight at Praxis, and travel expenses will be covered. If you would like to find out more and be informed once the date of the first meeting is decided, please contact Emma Gardiner on 020 7729 7985 or email Emma.Gardiner@praxis.org.uk.
Watch our New Short Film about our Mentoring Project
Since November 2013 Praxis has been working on a project funded by the EEA, Mentoring for Excluded Groups and Networks, MEGAN, in partnership with the National Offender Management Service.
As part of the final stage of the project, mentors from Praxis presented to an audience of policy makers from across the EU in a conference in Brussels. We also presented a short film on the mentoring project which you can watch here.
Further mentoring work with migrants caught up in the criminal justice system has been funded by the Cabinet Office’s Rehabilitation Social Action Fund until May 2015.
New CEO for Praxis
A message from Barbara Roche
Following from the retirement from Praxis of our long serving and well known Chief Executive Vaughan Jones, I am pleased to announce that Sally Daghlian OBE has been appointed as our new Chief Executive starting on 1st June 2014. Her appointment comes at a very exciting time as we launch our new enterprise, the Praxis Language Gym. There are many challenges facing migrant communities and Praxis is determined to continue to provide high quality and innovative services. We are confident that Sally's past experience in the refugee and migrant sector and her extremely personable manner will stand her in good stead,
Chair of Praxis
Sally Daghlian OBE was born in the UK of British Armenian descent. She graduated from the University of Glasgow 1981 with an MA in Sociology and French She began her career in social policy oriented research then worked in the field of informal adult education, community development and health before moving into the refugee sector.
Sally has 20 years' experience of refugee and migration issues. For ten years she was the Chief Executive of the Scottish Refugee Council, a national organisation providing services to and advocating for asylum seekers and refugees. In 2005 she was appointed Vice-Chair of the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) - a pan-European alliance of refugee assisting organisations - and in 2008 became the Chair.
From 2010 until taking up the post as Chief Executive at Praxis, June 2014, she worked as a consultant providing support to voluntary sector and not for profit organisatiions in relation to governance, strategy and fundraising.
In 2008, she was awarded the OBE for services to Human Rights.