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Women Inside Campaign

The Women Inside campaign will amplify the stories of Black and minoritised women experiencing the trials and tribulations of the UK criminal justice and immigration systems. These stories will be portrayed through a film, written by the women themselves, to be launched during Refugee Week in June. We are encouraging people to make a donation which will go towards the costs of a cinema screening/launch event of the film.

Women Inside trailer


The Women Inside is a short film written by a group of women who attend the Women’s Centre run by Hibiscus Initiatives. With the guidance of BAFTA-supported writer Suhayla El-Bushra, and produced in partnership by Blank Cheque, Hibiscus Initiatives, and independent film producers Tolu Stedford and Lily Usher, The Women Inside follows four fictional Black, migrant and refugee women as they express the trials and tribulations of going through the criminal justice and asylum systems in the UK. The fictional women in this film (performed by Anni Domingo, Ayesha Antoine, Laura Asare, Tolu Stedford, and directed by Bethany Ann McDonald), represent real women from Hibiscus Women’s Centre who have collectively written the screenplay to create a narrative that shares their thoughts and feelings about living in Britain amidst the constant threat of deportation.

This film was made possible with the generous support of Arts Council England.

For more information please contact Tolu Stedford 



You can support our campaign by making a donation to our film cinema launch and watching the full film, which premiers during Refugee Week 2023. Your donations will allow the voices of Black women who are trapped in the immigration and justice systems to be heard.

If you would like to send a donation another way, please contact us:

Tel: 020 7697 4120