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No more secrets: how a strike at Yarl’s Wood is giving refugee women a voice

Detention centres are secretive places. By going on strike, the women of Yarl's Wood are forcing the world to hear their voices

By Samantha Hudson  

The women of Yarl's Wood are fighting to have their voices heard. Photo: PA

In the same month that we celebrated the centenary of (some) women’s suffrage in the UK, 120 women went on strike in Yarl’s Wood detention centre to protest their lack of human rights. Their protest begs the question: how far have women really come?

Each year over 1500 women who have sought asylum in the UK are detained. At Women for Refugee Women, we regularly visit those locked up in Yarl’s Wood, the infamous detention…

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