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Empowering Women Refugee and Asylum Seekers Conference

November 10, 2010

Tomorrow, DEWA will be attending the first ever Empowering Women Refugee and Asylum Seekers Conference organised by Bradford Refugee Forum. The conference is being held from 9am – 2pm at the Carlisle Business Centre in Bradford.

According to the Bradford Refugee Forum website, this is what we can look forward to:

‘The aim of the conference is to bring women refugees and asylum seekers together under the umbrella of Bradford Refugee Forum in order to enhance the Forum’s inclusive agenda and to enable the women themselves to take ownership of their problems and solutions. Specifically, the conference will provide an outlet for women asylum seekers and refugees to discuss and define their needs and expectations; and explore innovative ways and programmes for meeting those needs taking into account the need to strive for community cohesion and gender balance and engage partners in the private, statutory and voluntary community sectors including funders and service providers for purposes of working together to improve the quality of life for women asylum seekers and refugees and to create a sustainable organisation.

The Theme of the conference is “Empowering Women Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Bradford”.

During the day there shall be several organisations present and community members from Bradford and across Yorkshire and Humber and some from London to support the women refugees and asylum seekers such as Immigration Advice Service, OXFAM, Northern Refugee Centre,  Horton Housing, Our Project, HALE Project, Legal Aid, City of Sanctuary Bradford, Bradford Immigration and Asylum Seekers Network (BIASAN), Bradford Action for Refugees, ABL, etc), offering advice, and assistance.

Included in the day’s events are two keynote speakers namely, the CEO of Northern Refugee Centre Mr. Jim Steinke and (Aynalim/Elizabeth Benson, woman refugee). Other activities shall include various workshops providing an outlet for expression and recognition. These include five workshops in the following areas:

  • Destitution and Poverty
  • Housing
  • Health and Well Being
  • Immigration (process and legal aid)
  • Children and Women (including maternity)

It is hoped that in the long run, the conference’s work will help lay a firm foundation for creating a voice for women asylum seekers and refugees in Bradford and in defining pathways for greater access to essential services.’

We  are grateful for the opportunity to promote DEWA and are very excited about meeting the amazing women of Bradford!


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  1. EWBI-Dennia, this was so so awesome. Good work n keep the light burning. Love what u do! permalink
    August 4, 2011 7:04 pm

    was a worthy reading for my eyes. Loved it all

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