Violence against women can be defined as “violence that is directed at a woman because she is a woman or that affects women disproportionately”. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General, states that “violence against women continues to persist as one of the most heinous, systematic and prevalent human rights abuses in the world. It is a threat to all women, and an obstacle to all our efforts for development, peace, and gender equality in all societies”.

Read article here: We must not ignore violence against women | Dream Nation

This article is a part of the Women Who Dream series in honour of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women,


Doniele came to the UK as a teenager in 1998. 17 years later, she was taken from her family, detained in Colnbrook and Yarl’s Wood detention centres, and is being threatened with deportation. On 12th March, thousands of protesters travelled to Bedfordshire, demanding for the government to #ShutDownYarlsWood and other detention centres. I spoke to Doniele about her experiences.

Read article here: Meet The Woman Detained In Yarl’s Wood Centre After Living In The UK For 18 Years | Black Ballad.