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
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.


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



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.


Hospital faces legal action over newborn baby seized from mother

In the Media

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


Karen McVeigh, 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.


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.


Mothers win right to family life in the UK

Success story

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.


Please help reunite Jeto Titti with Josh, her son

Jeto Titti’s long struggle to be reunited with her children has met another obstacle. She has to apply for a visa for her middle child, Josh, in the next couple of weeks because on 14 November he turns 18 and children who are 18 or over lose the right to join their parents in the UK. The visa costs £644. Jeto has no savings, a paltry weekly income of £64 a week and due to severe ill health is unable to work. We know that many supporters will be feeling pinched financially, but Jeto has no other way of raising this vital money and is therefore compelled to ask for your help.



voicepeacevigil.jpgFANTASTIC NEWS! The Immigration & Asylum Tribunal has ruled in favour of Maureen Mahoro being reunited with her children in the UK!!

We had to wait a week to find out whether the Home Office would appeal the decision and just heard that they have not. A full report will follow, but in the meantime Maureen has asked us to pass on her heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported the campaign to be reunited with her three children after a seven year separation. This is a huge victory not only for Maureen but for other mothers and children who have been tragically separated.




Many of you will know Maureen, one of our very dedicated volunteers and will have followed her long struggle to win the right to stay in the UK and be reunited with her three children. Maureen was forced to leave Burundi in 2003 after she and her family, who are Hutu, were targeted by Tutsi authorities. Her husband was kidnapped, and both he and her eldest son disappeared and her brother was murdered in front of her. Maureen had sent her surviving children to a safe place but lost contact with them when she was forced to flee and suffered for a number of years not knowing if they were alive or dead. After she won her asylum claim, she dedicated herself to finding them and to everyone’s great delight they were discovered living with a relative of a family friend.


Asylum from Rape Bulletin Spring 2009


Winning compensation for unlawful detention of rape survivor

image001.jpgYou may have heard about the case of Ms PB who was recently awarded £38,000 for unlawful detention including £6000 “aggravated damages”  for the suffering caused to her as a victim of rape and other torture. Ms PB first spoke about the rape she suffered to her first lawyer, who told her not to raise it in court. It was not until she read the material we sent her, including WAR's Rights Sheet for Rape Survivors Seeking Asylum, and spoke to one of our volunteers, that she felt able to speak about it again. Our rota of volunteers continues to be a life-line for women in Yarl’s Wood who can get help nowhere else. For many women it has been the only way they have found the courage to speak about rape.

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