What you can do:
Send us your experiences. We could add them to this site, anonymously if you wish.
Sign our two petitions. Take them out in your neighbourhood and gather signatures.
End the Rape of Justice www.petitiononline.com/WAR08/petition.html
Asylum from Rape petition, see attached PDF below.
Come and volunteer with us at the Women’s Centre.
Nearly all our work is done by volunteers. People come in to help most weekdays and occasional evenings. You could help with things like: internet research and newspaper clippings; help a woman type a summary of her case so that appropriate help can be sought; contact people who have called us out of hours; join a daily rota to keep in touch with
women who have been detained in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, to offer them
support and info about their rights. Appropriate training and supervision
is provided. Call 020 7482 2496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for details.
Angela Louise Johnson began volunteering in 2006, after many years battling with mental illness:
Day-by-day I was filled with more confidence. The women there enabled me to empower myself and talk openly about my past problems. Volunteering regularly put positive use to my energies and amongst many other skills, my communication skills gradually returned. WAR supports and encourages women, including asylum seekers, to stand up and speak about sexual violence they have suffered, in a supporting environment, with the aim to help them look for justice if they so wish. The companionship and support I received from the Centre was key to getting me back to where I am now.
Fenella Rouse, a non-practising lawyer has been volunteering with us for the past three years, focussing on helping women in detention understand their own legal cases and so be able to press for their rights. She says
The time I spend at the Women's Centre working with the asylum team is enlightening, challenging and rewarding. I don't know of anywhere else where I could be involved in this way.
Campaigning with WAR is a good way to release the anger I feel and fight back after my daughter was let down by the system.
Make your views heard in the local media. A letter in the national papers or your local paper is very effective, and many people will read it.
Invite us to speak at your event, college...
Start your own self-help group. We will be glad to discuss this further with you.
Become a friend of WAR on Facebook.
Fundraise for BWRAP and WAR. You can do things like hold a bake sale or jumble sale, organise a music benefit, do a raffle, run the marathon, ask local businesses to make a donation...
Fundraising activities people have done
Women on a British army base held a fashion show - see below for more photos
Musicians held a benefit gig
Ladyfest music festival donated entrance takings
Students held a party at college and donated the takings
Theatre group performed a play about domestic violence and gave us a night's ticket sales
Students performing Vagina Monologues donated takings & collection
Sponsored actions such as walk, swim, abseil, slimming, marathon, pub quiz, etc
Donated equipment for us to sell, eg coffee machine
Donated very useful equipment and supplies such as a guillotine, computers, paper, etc
Army fashion show raises £2,500 for WAR - photo report:
The stage, with the three main organisers of the event. Participants modelling lovely dresses
Army guys doing the Diet Coke advert. Shops donated goods to sell, like jewellery.
Three of the main organisers. Some of the many who participated. Many thanks to them all!
"On Sunday 6th September 2009, Claire Riley and Mary Abbott abseiled 120ft down the side of the Romford YMCA building in their annual charity event. Their chosen organisation/charity was Women Against Rape which is an organisation known to Claire for many years. I (Claire) wanted to choose an organisation/charity that has limited funding and helps provide a lifeline to women that have suffered from Rape or Domestic abuse. We hoped to have raised approx £150 to £200 waiting for final figures."
See picture to the right
Runner Nicola Bryan raises £855 for WAR in the London marathon
Ms Nicola Bryan, a supporter of WAR, kindly decided to fundraise for us when she ran the marathon in 2006.
She trained for many months with the Victoria Park Harriers in East London, and had to overcome a serious injury just a month before the marathon.
But in the event, she finished in an incredible three hours and 21 minutes - just six minutes short of the "elite" runners. Well done!
When Nicola brought us the money she'd raised, volunteers crowded round eager to ask her about the marathon. Here's an extract of what she told us.
Doing the marathon for WAR was very special to me. I did the run for two reasons. The first is I wanted to pay WAR back. I'd heard of them through a friend and they really helped me when I was getting ready to face my attacker in court. What WAR does is really important and it's not recognised enough.
The second reason is that I was training six days a week and that gave me the opportunity to do something physical. It's not for everyone, but it has really helped me. Instead of staying home in a mess and feeling really angry, running gave me a great sense of achievement. Especially when I was running the actual marathon. I felt quietly pleased with myself.
At first I was nervous about asking people to sponsor me, because I had to say it was for Women Against Rape. People's reactions were surprising too. A lot of people reacted awkwardly, because the word rape is still a taboo. That's why it's important to keep saying it and making it visible. Just saying your name has done me good too."
Thank you Nicola!