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Free conference in Manchester for professionals working with women in the asylum system

For immediate release  2 March 2012
For further information  Clare O’Keefe
Contact number  01565682330 or out of hours 07525128383

A free conference is being held this month aimed at practitioners who work with women within the asylum system.

The event, run by the British Red Cross to mark International Women’s Day, is on 28 March 2012 at the Martin Harris Centre at the University of Manchester.

Professionals such as doctors, teachers, politicians, lawyers, those who work in social care, and academics are invited to book a place on the conference, which runs from 10am to 4pm.

There will be lectures and seminars from organisations including the Refugee Council, the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, the Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law, plus others.

The aim is to raise awareness of the barriers to protection faced by women seeking asylum, and women refugees. Practitioners will work together to help develop effective strategies to resolve these issues.

Free lunch will be provided at the conference, which is entitled ‘Women and Asylum: Recognising, representing and working together to resolve issues that face women in the asylum system.’

Antonia Dunn, who works in refugee services in the north west of England for the British Red Cross, said: “The conference is a wonderful opportunity for those working with women in the asylum system to come together from a variety of sectors, and work collectively to cultivate practical actions that will have a tangible impact on the issues these women face.”

To find out more and to reserve your free place, email Rachel Kean on rkean@redcross.org.uk or call 0161 8888932. Booking in advance is essential.

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Notes to editors

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

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