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

Christmas Voices - a music benefit for WAR and BWRAP


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You are warmly invited to an exhilerating evening of music, song, poetry and dance

'Christmas Voices' at Tottenham Chances
399 Tottenham High Road, N17
Time: 8 til late
Entrance: £5/£2.50

A fundraiser for WAR & BWRAP



See below links to sites where you can hear their music


Welfare Reform Bill denies full protection to women and children fleeing violence, and increases danger from ex-partners.

Sign below to stop these measures

The government and its Minister for Women Harriet Harman have made a great show of their commitment to support women against domestic violence. But measures in the Welfare Reform Bill which give traumatised victims of domestic violence only brief respite from the job-seeking requirement, and grant ex-partners more rights over children to prolong their hurtful and dangerous involvement, prove otherwise.

We urge you to help stop these uncaring measures before they become law. Please add your name to the statement at the end, and circulate to others concerned with women and children’s safety.


Asylum seekers' experiences of social services

In the Media

This Community Care article is based on interviews with members of the All African Women’s Group and Black Women’s Rape Action Project. The article exposes the hidden reality of how women seeking asylum from rape are increasingly facing an apartheid system of benefits, healthcare, housing and social services.

01 June 2009 | Rowenna Davis Community | Care

Asylum seekers often complain that social services are not receptive to their cause. Rowenna Davis reports on obstacles faced by social workers and on organisations that help


To Women Legislators of the Coalition of the Willing: Neither blood nor rape for oil

International News

12 May 2004

Coming clean on rape and other sexual torture of women and girls at the hands of US and UK armed forces or their agents in Iraq and Afghanistan
By Black Women’s Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape
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We are writing to you, women legislators in both the UK and the US. That there are now many more women in Congress and in Parliament is due to a massive women’s movement over decades in every area of this planet. In the name of all the women whose movement helped get you there, we ask for your accountability in the present crisis of war, occupation, war crimes and torture, including rape, in which both your governments are complicit.

1. The rape and other torture of women and girls has been largely hidden




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Saturday's conference opened with a session on 'Rape and domestic violence – Justice CAN be won'
A Ugandan survivor described how rape she suffered was dismissed by the immigration authorities,
Lisa Longstaff (Women Against Rape) & Cristel Amiss (Black Women's Rape Action Project) co-chaired

Celebrate International Women's Day 2007 with the Global Women's Strike Conference

Campaigning for justice in the 21st century

Entrance: £20 funded organisations and professionals; £10 waged; £5 low waged; £3 unwaged; asylum seekers freeNo one turned away for lack of funds. Wheelchair accessible (toilets nearby)
All Welcome



Where the MPs' expenses money would have been better spent

In the Media

Public money should be used to give the most vulnerable a safety net, not to line pockets of the already affluent, writes Rowenna Davis

Guardian, JoePublic blog

As the moats, horse manure, chandeliers and duck houses have come pouring out of the Westminster expenses bag over the last fortnight, I have been working on a series of interviews with asylum seekers. The power inequalities couldn't be more pronounced. While those at the top are getting more than they are entitled to, those at the bottom are consistently getting less than they deserve.


Ms K, a vulnerable older woman with multiple health needs,

Success story

SAnaon.jpgMs K, a vulnerable older woman with multiple health needs, won her right to remain under the Legacy program at the beginning of September 2009 after a ten years battle to stay in Britain. When her solicitor broke the news Ms K said, “If I hadn’t found BWRAP and the All African Women’s Group – I would have taken my life . . . I was so depressed but meeting other women like me and hearing what they have been through gave me courage. If you are fighting for asylum never give up.” In 1999 she was arrested in Uganda for her political activities, and held in a prison where she suffered sexual and other physical violence. She escaped in March 1999 and sought asylum in Britain. We have been helping Ms K since September 2003.


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’.


Press Statement - Journalist Giuliana Sgrena kidnapped

International News

Read about Giuliana Sgrena in WeNews, Feb 05
Letter to the Guardian, 19 Feb
Statement to the media , 5 Feb 


On International Women's Day, we demand justice for Giuliana Sgrena and the Iraqi women raped and killed by US troops.

We have just found out that the US troops who shot Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena - and killed Nicola Caliperi whose sacrifice saved her life - immediately after her release from kidnap, were from a military unit under investigation last year for raping Iraqi women, according to US army documents. Ms Sgrena had published in her paper testimonies of Iraqi women ex-prisoners who had been raped and sexually abused in Abu Ghraib, and other prisons.

Today, on International Women's Day, the Guardian published correspondent Suzanne Goldenberg's report on the 3rd Infantry Brigade exposing that:


Submissions from BWRAP and WAR to Harriet Harman Minister for Women Consultation on Priorities, 07


Responses to the Women's National Commission on Priorities for the Ministers for Women

See the file attachment below to read BWRAP's submission (pdf file)

WAR Submission:

From Women Against Rape

Women’s National Commission Consultation on “Priorities for the Ministers for Women”


Question 1

What, in your view, is the top issue to be addressed under this priority?

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