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.

 

 

 

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Yarl's Wood women on hunger strike 'locked up and denied treatment'

In the Media

Hunger strikers at immigration centre tell of squalid conditions

'We are not criminals; we are ordinary people who are being locked up and threatened', says hunger striker at Yarl's Wood
 

Afua Hirsch and Matthew Taylor
guardian.co.uk, Friday 12 February 2010

Pressure is mounting for an inquiry after female hunger strikers at Yarl's Wood described squalid conditions and made an allegation of racism at the immigration detention centre.

As the Home Office admitted improvements were needed at the Bedfordshire centre, it emerged that four "ringleaders" had been transferred to prison.

About 70 women were detained in an airless corridor without water or toilet facilities on Monday, three days after the start of the hunger strike.

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URGENT Women on Hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood being beaten by guards

Black Women's Rape Action Project
8 February 2010

Over fifty women are currently trapped in an airless hallway in Yarl’s Immigration Removal Centre. On Friday 5 February they began a hunger strike. Today they were herded into the hallway were they have been left there for over two hours without access to water or toilets. Four women, including an asthma sufferer, have fainted.Around 1.30 the guards came into the hallway and started to beat women.

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Women speak out in Parliament against detention, deportation, privatisation and profiteering 14 January 2010


audiencewideshot.JPGWith recent press coverage shedding light on the devastating impact of detention on children, and the public outrage that followed, it was no surprise that a meeting on the detention of mothers and other vulnerable people in the House of Commons 14 January, was packed with over 150 people squeezed into all corners of the room.

Organised by the All African Women’s Group (AAWG) and Black Women’s Rape Action Project (BWRAP) with the help of John McDonnell MP, the meeting heard from nine women recently released from Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. They graphically described the conditions they suffered as well as the resistance they organised through hunger strikes, public protests and day-to-day direct action. They talked about acting together and not apart, to force a change.

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PRESS RELEASE Public Event: Can You Hear Us?

For immediate Release: 020 7482 2496 or 07980 659 831

Women’s uncensored experiences of detention and deportation
All speakers will be available for interview.

Date: 14 January
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Committee Room 5, House of Commons

While the brutal detention of children has been finally condemned, little has been said about the detention of mothers and its impact on families, including children, and other vulnerable people.

Over 70% of women seeking asylum are rape survivors [1]. Many are detained in prison-like conditions throughout Britain, including in Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre which holds over 400 women and their families. This is in breach of national guidelines and international agreements.

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Can you hear us?

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Women’s uncensored experiences of detention and deportation

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Speakers include:

Paulina B – won a precedent setting case & compensation for illegal detention, Fatma K – centrally involved in a Yarl’s Wood hunger strike which led to over a dozen rape survivors being released, Celina M – witnessed the sprucing up of Yarl’s Wood in preparation for VIP visits, Jalia S – detained with her two small children – interviewed by TV on release.

Plus taped interviews with women currently detained or illegally deported.

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Jamila Ali Sami: Removal Cancelled!

Stop Press . . . Stop Press

Jamila Ali SamiYou’ll be as delighted as we are to know that Ms Sami won in the High Court today! The application for Judicial Review to stop her imminent removal was granted so that she could challenge the Home Office’s unjust claim that she is Kenyan. The Home Office have been forced to concede that “removal directions will be deferred until her claim has been fully considered”. Thanks to all who deluged Harriet Harman, Phil Woolas and Virgin Airlines with your heartfelt letters of support.  

On hearing the news, Ms Sami said ‘Like many others I faced removal based on Home Office lies and injustice. I am so happy that people supported me and I hope they will continue to support me and others being detained while seeking safety. Thank you all so much’.

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Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre staff caught “stealing” Guide on detainees’ rights

NEWS FLASH . . . 27 October 2008

Ms Wanjiku’s removal directions for Thursday 23 October were postponed as a result of last minute submissions by Jean Lambert MEP and Black Women’s Rape Action Project. Ms Wanjiku was seen by a doctor from Medical Justice Network and a legal team have said they will look into making a fresh claim. The other woman who was threatened with removal directions who also had her guide taken was RELEASED!

PRESS RELEASE . . . 20 October 2008

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International Women's Day 8 March 08 - Picket Serco "Close down Yarl's Wood & all Detention Centres"

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Serco Research Institute

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Serco is the company that owns Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre where up to 405 women, children and men seeking asylum are detained at any time.  Legal Action for Women found that 70% of those detained reported being survivors of rape.   Women and their families are held in appalling conditions, and describe being subject to racist and sexist physical and verbal abuse.  They also state that the food served is inadequate, and that necessary items are sold at extortionate prices. Women have also complained that staff members have interfered with their attempts to contact their lawyers.

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Janipher Maseko fled Uganda after her mother died and she was raped by armed rebels.

She was 13 when she arrived in the UK. She was looking for a place of safety. This is what she found

The Guardian, Saturday 24 November 2007

Jnipher.jpgI came to this country five years ago, a desperate young teenager, alone, in search of help and safety. The last thing I expected was that I would end up sleeping on the streets in one of the richest countries in the world, hungry, cold, tired and bleeding. If, by telling my story, I can prevent the same thing happening to just one other woman and her children, then it will be worth speaking out.

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