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.




Black Women's Rape Action Project

Founded in 1991, we are one of the few Black women's organisations specialising in offering counselling, support and advice to Black women and other women of colour, immigrant and refugee women, who have suffered rape, sexual assault or other violence

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.


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”.


15 June - Day of Action - Close detention centres!

spainlogo_22.thumbnail.jpg70% of women who contact us from Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre are rape survivors often from war and conflict zones. They’re often locked up in conditions reminiscent of those they fled, denied lawyers and other expert support. Some have bravely spoken out about sexual assault by guards. That’s why we’re endorsing this protest.


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!


Urgent Appeal for Ms Freda Nsumba - a young lesbian woman seeking asylum from Uganda

Ms Nsumba has an Appeal Hearing on 29 April 2014 against the Home Office's refusal of her asylum claim.

Please write to Theresa May, Home Secretary asking that Ms Nsumba be granted the right to stay in the UK. Tel: 0870 6067766
HO Ref No N1129180/008, (Date of Birth: 12/10/1986)


How the UK Government flouts its obligations under CEDAW, and future obligations under the Istanbul Convention

This submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights Enquiry into Violence against women and girls is the joint work of Black Women's Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape.


Join the demonstration to SAVE LEGAL AID

image001.jpg10 am Friday 7th March Old Palace Yard SW1.
Followed by march to Ministry of Justice

Lawyers are refusing to attend court on Friday to protest against further legal aid cuts.

Noela Claye, All African Women’s Group, who is being persecuted by the Home Office and is fighting a heroic battle to win the right to safety and protection in the UK will be speaking at the event.

Black Women’s Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape are supporting the protest – we work with many rape survivors who will be deprived of vital legal representation by these cuts*.


Sexual abuse allegations corroborated at Yarl's Wood immigration centre

In the Media

Accounts of sexually inappropriate behaviour include guards offering to assist in immigration cases in return for sexual contact

· Mark Townsend, home affairs editor
· The Observer, Saturday 21 September 2013 23.51 BST
Police are now investigating claims by a detainee known as Tanja that she was subjected to sexually inappropriate behaviour. Photograph: Guy Corbishley/ Guy Corbishley/Demotix/Corbis

Three more women have come forward to corroborate allegations of inappropriate sexual contact between inmates and staff at Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre, including claims that such behaviour is still going on.



All African Women’s Group, Black Women’s Rape Action Project & Women Against Rape

3pm Tuesday 1 October 2013
Crossroads Women’s Centre
25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX 

large_thumbnail.jpgIncludes testimonies from women who experienced and/or witnessed sexual abuse whilst held in detention

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