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DEWA and COVID-19
DEWA with a great support from Women for Refugee Women managed to support many vulnerable women in Sheffield during the lockdown.
With other women organisations, DEWA co-ordinates Sisters Not Strangers, a new nationwide movement of asylum-seeking women who are organising to end destitution.
The Sisters Not Strangers coalition surveyed 115 refugee and asylum-seeking women about how they have survived during the pandemic. Women who were already living in poverty before the outbreak, told us that they had been made even more vulnerable to hunger and ill health.
The organisations who produced the report had all supported women trapped in abusive or exploitative situations during the pandemic, including women forced to do unpaid work for shelter and women living with violent partners.