"As women asylum seekers, we are often in vulnerable situations – isolated, traumatised, in ill health, facing destitution, homelessness, and deportation.
"We are women of all ages, nationalities, ethnicities, language, religion, sexual orientation and disability. Some have children born in this country.
"Some have spouses or partners here. Our families face being split up by deportation. Many of us are alone.
"So much happens to women, who make up most of the world’s refugees. Women are subjected to so much violence, which is hidden and regarded as less important. When men are raped, we are shocked, but with women it’s less shocking, because it happens so often."
– WAST (Women Asylum Seekers Together)
These women have fled their countries because of ethnic, political and religious violence, and gender violence – domestic violence and rape, the threat of honour killing, forced marriage, sexual orientation
They lacked the protection of their own government, of their own families, and are now going through the hurdles of the British asylum aystem.
WAST (Women Asylum Seekers Together) is a self led, self help, gender specific group which was developed by women asylum seekers getting together to support one another through the dehumanising, disempowering and frightening process, that is Britain's immigration system.
The group lobbies for the rights of women asylum seekers in general and aims to raise awareness about issues that force women to seek international protection and the injustices they undergo while going through the asylum system.
On 29 July 2011, the women of WAST marched from St Georges Hall in Liverpool to the UK Border Agency office in Water Street, Liverpool, to present a list of demands which they have formulated to assist the U.K.B.A to improve Britain's asylum process and to enforce respect for asylum seeker's human rights.