This is the joint website of  Women Against Rape and Black Women's Rape Action Project. Both organisations are based on self-help and provide support, legal information and advocacy. We campaign for justice and protection for all women and girls, including asylum seekers, who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence.

WAR was founded in 1976. It has won changes in the law, such as making rape in marriage a crime, set legal precedents and achieved compensation for many women. BWRAP was founded in 1991. It focuses on getting justice for women of colour, bringing out the particular discrimination they face. It has prevented the deportation of many rape survivors. Both organisations are multiracial.

 

 

 

Asylum from Rape

UK Home Office fail to meet rape victims’ needs

In the Media

Women’s Views on News
http://www.womensviewsonnews.org/2011/06/uk-home-office-fail-to-meet-rap...
Posted by Ivana Davidovic on June 30, 2011 ·

sianflaviacourt.jpgLeft: Sian Evans and Flavia Titti in front of the Immigration Tribunal

Ivana Davidovic
WVoN co-editor

Flavia Titti has not seen her children since a fateful day in 2002 when she was forced to flee Rwanda in order to save her life and, as she believed then, the lives of her three children whom she left with a trusted family friend.

What she thought would be a short-term separation has turned into a protracted Kafkaesque agony.

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URGENT: Your support needed to help reunite Jeto Titti with her son, Josh Magara

APPEAL HEARING: 10am THURSDAY 30 JUNE 2011
ASYLUM & IMMIGRATION TRIBUNAL, TAYLOR HOUSE, 88 ROSEBERRY AVENUE, LONDON EC1R 4QU. Nearest tube Angel

 

Jeto Titti’s case to be reunited with her son is coming to court on 30 June. Five long and agonising years have gone by since Ms Titti found that her children were alive and safe, after she had been forced to flee from Rwanda without them. Your support is needed now more than ever. Despite her own terrible situation, Ms Titti has been dedicated to helping other women. She co-founded the All African Women’s Group’s (AAWG) Mothers’ Campaign for Family Reunion to press for family reunion so that mothers like her would no longer suffer the torture of being separated from their children.

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Hospital faces legal action over newborn baby seized from mother

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Breastfed baby taken from mother for six days, a move she says trust denied her right to challenge

 

Karen McVeigh
guardian.co.uk, Friday 17 June 2011 18.42 BST

A breastfeeding mother whose newborn baby was forcibly taken from her and put into care for six days is seeking a judicial review over alleged unlawful treatment during a crucial bonding period with her daughter.

Verna Joseph, who has a history of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, says she was pushed to the ground, restrained by security guards, and her baby taken in full public view during a scuffle at King George hospital in Redbridge to which police were called.

She was then transferred by ambulance to Goodmayes hospital, North-East London NHS foundation trust, in Ilford, but was not told until several hours later that she was being compulsorily admitted for an assessment under the Mental Health Act.

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Urgent appeal for help to reunite Jeto Titti's family

Please find below an appeal for help from Ms Titti, one of WAR’s most dedicated volunteers.

Dear friends,

As you may know, I left my three precious children in Rwanda after soldiers came to our house, killed my husband and attacked me. I knew my children would be safer without me, so I fled alone. I battled for nine years suffering bad legal representation, detention, threatened removal, destitution, deprivation of medical treatment, and terrible mental anxiety about my children now 16, 18, and 20, who have had to grow up without their mother's love and protection. I am now fighting for the children to join me but so far they’ve been refused.

Our pain as mothers and children at being separated is completely invisible. The Home Office never recognises us as mothers and the public don’t know the trauma we go through every day of our lives - not knowing how our children are, whether they have food, how they are coping.

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Mothers win right to family life in the UK

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Mothers win right to family life in the UK

Two mothers, both of whom have lived in the UK for over 10 years and whose children were born here, have resisted efforts to return them to Jamaica and have now won the right to stay in the UK under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act (Article 8, the right to respect for private and family life.)  One woman took part in the 40 day hunger strike at Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre to bring attention to the injustice of her case.

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Rights & Information Sheet for survivors of rape seeking asylum in the UK

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It is estimated that 50% of women seeking asylum in the UK are rape survivors.  If you suffered rape or other sexual violence in your country of origin, what happened to you and its impact on you and your loved ones are a vital part of your asylum claim.  It is crucial that the full details of everything you have suffered are given to the immigration authorities as soon as possible. We include here important guidelines and case law which can help you pursue your claim.

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Rwanda rape victim in brave fight to help others

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Stella Mpaka, of Women Against Rape, is now helping others to overcome their personal nightmares.

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 14 May 2009

Your article (Camden group's battle to prioritise a heinous crime, H&H April 2) showed some of Women Against Rape's (WAR) ground breaking work winning justice for rape survivors. I can personally testify to the life-saving support provided to women like me.

I am a rape survivor from Rwanda. My family fled because of the genocide. We later returned thinking it was safe, but in 2000 my father 'disappeared' and my family fled again.

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Rape finally acknowledged by UN as a weapon of war

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The UN resolution to classify rape as a weapon of war is a victory for the thousands of individual rape survivors and organisations like ours that have campaigned for official recognition of rape as torture and persecution.

Our petition with this demand has been circulating since October 2006 and collected thousands of signatures, including from prominent people like Caroline Moorhead, Gareth Peirce, Juliet Stevenson and Benjamin Zephaniah.

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