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Posted March 19th, 2016 by

Mariam Yusuff woman of the year

WAST Choir supported our award winning member Mariam Yusuff at Women On the Move Awards Ceremony 2016 

and took centre stage at the Royal Festival Hall.The awards were presented by Samira Ahmed, with Livia Firth, Phyllida Lloyd, Zahera Harb and Lindsey Hilsum, and were held as part of the WOW (Women of the World) Festival on in The Royal Festival Hall at London’s Southbank on 11th March. Music was provided byWoman Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) choir from Manchester- winners of the 2015 Liberty Human Rights Arts Award. This remarkable choir brings women refugees and asylum seekers together in song and raises awareness of the injustices suffered by women who are seeking asylum in the UK.

Mariam Yusuf: Woman Of The Year 2016

Mariam Ibrahim Yusuf, orignally from from Somalia now living in Manchesterwas awarded .  Mariam arrived in the UK in 2008 fleeing war and gender-based violence in Somalia and leaving behind her two children, convinced that they would soon join her. But eight years later, having been detained, destitute and homeless, Mariam is still stuck in the asylum system.  Wanting something positive to come out of her experience, Mariam has dedicated her time to campaigning to ensure that asylum-seekers are not forced into similar hardships. A tireless champion for the rights of women who have experienced domestic violence and FGM, Mariam is a source of support and hope for many people who are seeking protection and trying to rebuild their lives. She is not giving up hope of seeing her children again.

The Women on the Move Awards are organised and presented by: 

Migrants Organise