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WAR’s 40th anniversary marked by Cambridge British History Sub-Committee

29 April 2019

Cambridge University hosts a panel discussion in 2017 which marked 40 years since the founding of the group Women Against Rape (WAR). In these decades, WAR has campaigned consistently to combat rape culture and end the marital rape exemption in English law. Utilising a number of strikingly innovative methods, such as holding a ‘public trial’ … Read more

WAR on Mayday march, 1 May – join us

29 April 2019

Meet Clerkenwell Green from 12.00 march to Trafalgar Square. https://www.londonmayday.org/ We will highlight our campaign with the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union to end sexual harassment in the fast food and hospitality industries. Poverty wages, zero hour contracts, benefit cuts, insecure immigration status and the threat that we can lose our job or that … Read more

International Women’s Day – Strike

7 March 2019

Friday 8 March protest 12-2pm at Royal Courts of Justice WC2A 2LL: We invite you to join and speak out at the International Women’s Strike event this Friday. We’ll be highlighting sexual violence including: -Putting the family court on trial for removing children from their mother after they report rape or domestic violence; -Our campaign … Read more

Government announces scrapping of ‘same roof’ rule

28 February 2019

Government announces scrapping of ‘same roof’ rule This government press release was published on 28 Feb 2019, a victory for all those who campaigned against the discriminatory rules of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/access-to-compensation-scheme-for-victims-who-lived-with-their-attacker The ‘same roof’ rule had been used to deny compensation to anyone who had been sexually attacked before 1979 by … Read more

Met Police disbanding specialist Sapphire rape units

7 February 2019

Met Police disbanding specialist Sapphire rape units Met Police ‘risking a new Worboys’ after secretly disbanding its sex crime unit • The Met set up the Sapphire unit after a series of failures in high-profile cases • But sex crime detectives are being reassigned to small teams in the 32 boroughs • Campaigners fear a … Read more

Union launches campaign against sexual harassment in hospitality

30 January 2019

Union launches campaign against sexual harassment in hospitality Published in The Caterer THURSDAY, JANUARY 10TH 2019, 10:07 WRITTEN BY: EMMA LAKE The union has joined forces with Women Against Rape to launch the campaign. The charity said: “Sexual violence in the hospitality industry is much more common than we all think. We don’t exactly know … Read more

BULLIED INTO “VOLUNTARY” RETURNS

18 January 2019

At a recent All African Women’s Group meeting, the chair asked whether any women in the group had experience of being forced to sign to return to their country of origin or knew of others that had been. What we found out that many women had been taken into back rooms, in detention or when … Read more

Bakers Union launches sexual harassment campaign supported by our sisters at WAR

10 January 2019

Bakers Union launches sexual harassment campaign supported by our sisters at WAR Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union announces launch of Sexual Harassment campaign supported by our sisters from Women Against Rape Has the #MeToo movement helped workers in the fast food and hospitality industry to speak out about sexual violence at work and win … Read more

STOP PRESS: TWENTY ONE WOMEN RELEASED – HUNGER STRIKE SUSPENDED

4 December 2018

The hunger strike of over 40 women in Yarl’s Wood IRC which started on Monday night in protest at eight women being taken from detention and forced onto a charter flight back to Nigeria, has been suspended. Four women (and one woman’s partner) DID NOT FLY.  But shamefully the Home Office deported two women with … Read more

London women tell UN poverty envoy about impact of welfare cuts

29 November 2018

Residents of deprived Newham describe domestic abuse and hunger to Philip Alston Women in London have told the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty they are bearing the brunt of government welfare cuts, and described how austerity has left infants homeless and exacerbated problems including overcrowded housing and domestic violence. More than a dozen women … Read more