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

Asylum from rape

77% of rape survivors refused asylum

70% of women seeking asylum in the UK have suffered rape and other sexual violence. But women seeking safety for themselves and their children face the same uncaring injustice as women who are raped in the UK. Despite national and international legal precedents recognising gender-based persecution, rape victims still face great obstacles in claiming protection.

Rape survivors are often denied expert reports which could corroborate their claims and are frequently accused by the authorities and Immigration Judges of fabricating their account of what has happened to them. See our research documenting this. Most women also experience bad legal representation.

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Women of colour are too often ignored in the fight against rape

In the Media

Morning Star - Features 25 November 2015 p8-9
by Cristel Amiss
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STARTING today, the UN has called for 16 days of action for the elimination of violence against women. This year’s theme is “prevention.”

According to UN Women, one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.
Who are the one in three? Is this figure accurate? Where did it come from? Does it include the majority of women and girls in the world who are of colour and grassroots, and the millions risking their lives to flee war? From the Democratic Republic of Congo to Haiti, from Iraq to Uganda, from India to Peru, our struggle to end rape is largely invisible.

In 2012 a young woman studying medicine in Delhi was gang raped and murdered.

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Women of colour are too often ignored in the fight against rape

In the Media

Morning Star - Features 25 November 2015 p8-9
by Cristel Amiss
________________________________________
STARTING today, the UN has called for 16 days of action for the elimination of violence against women. This year’s theme is “prevention.”

According to UN Women, one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.
Who are the one in three? Is this figure accurate? Where did it come from? Does it include the majority of women and girls in the world who are of colour and grassroots, and the millions risking their lives to flee war? From the Democratic Republic of Congo to Haiti, from Iraq to Uganda, from India to Peru, our struggle to end rape is largely invisible.

In 2012 a young woman studying medicine in Delhi was gang raped and murdered.

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VIDEO: Protest at Yarl's Wood IRC, International Day to Close Detention Centres

BWRAP and WAR organised for women in Yarl's Wood IRC to speak at this International event.

Watch the video of the protest at Yarl's Wood IRC on 15 June, International Day to Close Detention Centres  

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Asylum from Rape Bulletin December 2014

Some victories over the last year and . . . how you can help us win more in the year ahead!

 Ms K and her son reunited after 11-year separation!

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Tears of joy when Ms K’s son came to the first self-help meeting in January.

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Rape Survivors Protest at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Thursday 12 June 2014, 1.30 pm in the ExCel Centre
One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL
 

We call on Angelina Jolie to meet rape survivors in Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre and defend their right to protection in the UK.

To interview rape survivors call Black Women Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape: 020 7482 2496.

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EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION: Protest UK government’s hypocrisy: crying crocodile tears over war zone rape whilst deporting victims back to torture.

 9-11 am Tuesday 10 June 2014

“Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict”
ExCeL Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL
Jubilee Line to Canning Town, take DLR towards Beckton, get off at Custom House.

The UK government is hosting an international three day conference “Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict”. Foreign minister William Hague claims it “is in our hands to treat victims not as social outcasts, but as courageous survivors”. But when “courageous” women escape rape in war zones and seek asylum and protection in the UK they face hostility, disbelief and being slandered as “bogus” and “scroungers”.

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Asylum from Rape Bulletin May 2014

 Black Women’s Rape Action Project (BWRAP) & Women Against Rape (WAR)

Some victories won over the last year and how you can help us win more in the year ahead!

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FANTASTIC NEWS: NOELA CLAYE HAS WON HER CASE!

On Friday 2 May, Noela Claye received the wonderful news that after ten long years in the UK she has won the right to stay.

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Ms Claye reports her victory at the All African Women's Group

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