Refugee Women's Strategy Group

SRC Raising Womens VoicesThe Refugee Women’s Strategy Group (RWSG) is a group of refugee and asylum seeking women supported by Scottish Refugee Council. The group's aim is to ensure that the voices of refugee women in Scotland are heard. 

The RWSG works together to represent the views of refugee and asylum seeking women to key decision makers and service providers in order to influence the policy and practices that affect their lives. Their group is an integral part of Scottish Refugee Policy Forum, which is a federation of Refugee Community Organisations.

One Step Closer

One Step Closer was a pilot confidence building and employability skills course for asylum seeking and refugee women, designed by the Refugee Women’s Strategy Group (RWSG) in partnership with Scottish Refugee Council and Glasgow ESOL Forum. The One Step Closer course was developed in response to identified needs, recognising that refugee women experience multiple barriers to accessing employment in Scotland. Following the pilot course, the RWSG evaluated its impact and produced the One Step Closer report

Claiming Asylum: What Women Need to Know

The Refugee Women’s Strategy Group launched a new leaflet in 2016 designed to help women going through the asylum process in the UK drawing on their own experiences. Read it here: ‘Claiming Asylum: What Women Need to Know’. 

Speak for Yourself

Between June and November 2013 Refugee Women's Strategy Group engaged with 100 refugee and asylum seeking women to find out what key issues are affecting refugee and asylum seeking women, what changes the women would like to see and what work they would like us to prioritise. This engagement has now led to the Speak for Yourself Report, launched in April 2014. 

Making asylum work for women

To coincide with World Refugee Day 2013, Refugee Women's Strategy Group launched Making Asylum Work for Women. It outlines recommendations for an asylum process that ensures that women fleeing perscution receive the protection that they deserve:

Making Asylum Work for Women: Our recommendations for a fair asylum system (PDF)

The struggle to contribute

This report is based on the views and experiences of the refugee and asylum seeking women who attended our Women’s Employment Information Event on 24 February 2011 in Glasgow:

The Struggle to Contribute: A report identifying the barriers encountered by refugee women on their journey to employment in Scotland (PDF)

Responding to policy

Dec 2012 – RWSG submission to Children’s Society led Parliamentary Inquiry into Asylum Support for Children and Young People

Feb 2013 – RWSG submission to Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee Inquiry into Women and Work

April 2013 – RWSG submission to Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into the Asylum Process

May 2013 – RWSG submission to Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into Job Centre Plus

Sep 2014 – RWSG submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration Inquiry into Detention

Want to know more?

You can download and read the information leaflets produced by RWSG and the WAIR Group about domestic abuse and rape.

For further information, please contact the RWSG by email on Alternatively you can contact Mary Kate Dickie, Community Development Officer at Scottish Refugee Council on 0141 223 7936 or by email