SEEKING SAFETY – THE REALITY
Having survived horrific situations in our various countries of origin, seeking sanctuary in the UK comes with a whole barrage of humiliations such as culture of disbelief, encroachment of the militarised border, detention, exploitation, all sort of abuse and an hostile environment policy in UK immigration system that have caused pain, death and all sorts of inhumane conditions. African Rainbow Family is committed to continue in our work of supporting people seeking safety and campaigning to make the asylum and immigration system a fair and humane environment that dignifies people
About Aderonke: Aderonke Apata is a Human Rights Activist, Feminist and LGBT Equality Advocate who has a BSc in Microbiology and subsequently a Master of Public Health and Primary Care. She's an LGBTI asylum campaigner for LGBTI people seeking asylum to stay in the UK; whom herself got granted asylum after 13-year battle. She is Winner, Ron Todd Foundation Equality Awards 2018, Winner Attitude Pride Awards 2017, Winner Positive Role Model for LGBT National Diversity Award 2014, where she was described as “an unstoppable force in fighting for justice”, she is number 41 & 67 on the RanbowList2014 & RainbowList2015 respectively as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK. Aderonke was named LGBT Heroine of the year 2015 by DIVA Magazine in recognition of her achievements in the LGBT community. Aderonke is the founder of African Rainbow Family, an LGBT group that supports LGBTIQ asylum seekers and people of African heritage in UK and campaigning for the Repeal of the toxic Nigerian Anti-LGBTIQ Law.
Aderonke started the shutdown Yarl's Wood campaign in 2012 from inside the detention centre where she organised and led a demonstration from inside Yarl's Wood detention centre demanding freedom for all. She galvanized and widened her reach to nearly 300 women of all nationalities, religious & cultural backgrounds fighting for their freedom. She stood up proudly and defiantly for her right to be free and for the right of ALL women to equality and freedom. Following her release from detention in 2013, Aderonke started Manchester Migrant Solidarity, a self help group offering practical supports and building a powerful political voice against the systematic mistreatment of migrants in the UK and continues to campaign for the shutdown of all detention centres.
Subsequently, Aderonke was appointed a Patron of Proud2BeProject in Totnes that support LGBT+ people. As part of Aderonke's commitment to challenge issues facing minorities and internalising the space and gap in services available for LGBTIQ people seeking asylum experiencing domestic violence, she was appointed a Trustee Board member of Broken Rainbow UK the domestic violence charity, ReachOUT Leeds, a charity that supports LGBT Refugees and Asylum Seekers and LGBT Foundation a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.
Aderonke's fight against barriers for equal access to the political system, her ongoing campaign for equality has been recognised when she was elected as the BAME Officer, National LGBT Labour in 2014. This is to call upon all BAME LGBTs in the UK to raise their voices and demand accountability of politicians.