Monday 01-06-2015 - 14:37
Join the demo to shut down Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre which has been a site for the discrimination and abuse of immigrant women and children since 2001.
We often hear about the inhumane treatment of women and children in other countries, however not many people are made aware of the fact that Britain is home to this oppressive facility.
The brutal reality of what it's like to be detained at Yarl’s Wood was highlighted in March 2015 in Channel 4's documentary ‘Yarl's Wood: undercover in the secretive immigration centre’. In their investigation they discovered numerous incidents of self-harm, questions over standards of healthcare and guards showing contempt for detainees.
It was only a year ago in March, when school student Yashika Bageerathi was detained at the centre at the age of 19 before being deported. She had come to the UK with her mother and siblings in 2011 to escape an extremely abusive relative.
International and BME students already face xenophobic and racist discrimination in the UK, and policies which are currently being drafted by this Conservative government are only going to further victimise this group of students.
The fight to shut down Yarl’s Wood is also part of a global fight to end the inhumane detention and abuse towards immigrants by the state and the fight for the human rights of all women, no matter their immigration status. That's why women’s rights and asylum seeker rights campaigns have been calling for the end of the existence of Yarl's Wood.
Active solidarity is needed now more than ever, which is why NUS Women's Campaign is proudly supporting the protest outside Yarl's Wood this Saturday 6 June at 12.30pm – 3.00pm by Women for Refugee Women and Liberty.
We call on student activists to join the demonstration. Speakers include Helena Kennedy, Shami Chakrabarti, Richard Fuller MP, Nimko Ali , Caroline Criado-Perez , Natalie Bennett, Natasha Walter, Maimuna Jawo, Meltem Avcil, Finn Mackay, Zrinka Bralo, Antonia Bright
If you can’t make the demonstration please show your support on twitter and get #SetHerFree trending!
You can also get involved by helping banner making at UCLU or Cambridge SU.
For transport there are several arrangements:
- London £15 – general, £10 - unwaged or free for refugee/asylum seeking women
- Bedford station (to meet the 12 noon train) email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Manchester, email email@example.com or call 07791132198
- Birmingham, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Talha 074 750 999 89
I hope to see you at the protest.