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

'Don't you want to know why I'm bleeding?' Man convicted of GBH against a Muslim woman, Guardian 2 Aug 06

In the Media
Bilan Mohamud shows the injuries inflicted on her by a neighbour

An assault by a white neighbour on a Muslim woman in London has shown just how difficult it can be for victims of alleged racist attacks to prise open the doors of justice.


Laura Smith
reports
Wednesday August 2, 2006
The Guardian Society

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Schools theatre workshops on rape & asylum June-July 07

In Refugee Week, June 2007, WAR was a co-sponsor of Women in Dialogue’s pathbreaking Project Put Yourself in Our Shoes. There were two innovative strands to this project: taking women asylum seekers who fled violence to speak to children in schools, and holding theatre workshops for children run by internationally renowned playwright Kay Adshead.

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Women in Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre on hunger strike protesting against SERCO’s draconian regime

UPDATE, 9 May 2007: Mothers join hunger strike
Black Women's Rape Action Project

Today 91 families, mainly single mothers with their children, some of whom have been detained for over three months, have joined the protest.

Mothers report that after 5pm their kids go hungry as there is no food available until 8am the next morning. Children can’t manage under such harsh conditions. Most can’t eat the meals provided because of the appalling quality and mothers worry that this is affecting their children’s health. Most children were born in Britain but their birth certificates have been confiscated by the immigration authorities. Women are also very concerned about the neglect of their children’s health. One woman whose son has a persistent cough has been told to give him water – she is desperately worried he may an infection, but no one will investigate his symptoms.

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Ms Janipher Maseko to be released from detention!

31 May 2007: On 29 May, following a wave of public outrage against the Home Office, social services and SERCO (the company running Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre), Ms Janipher Maseko, an 18 year old mother who was detained and separated from her two young children, was told that she and her children are to be released. Hundreds of letters, calls and other pressure forced the Home Office to concede that they could not justify her continued incarceration. Directions to remove her to Uganda have also been cancelled.

In the course of pressing for Ms Maseko to be reunited with her children and released, it came out that other mothers and babies had also been cruelly separated. In a letter to Lord Avebury about a Vietnamese mother and her six-month-old baby, Immigration Minister, Liam Byrne said:

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Stop the threatened removal of Janipher Maseko, breastfeeding mother with two babies

Update: On 29 May, following a wave of public outrage against the Home Office, social services and SERCO Ms Janipher Maseko, was told that she and her children are to be released.

Ms Janipher Maseko, aged 18, who had fled rape and violence in Uganda and sought asylum in the UK four years ago as an unaccompanied minor, contacted BWRAP on 18 May from Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre through a fax written with the assistance of other detained women whom BWRAP is helping. Ms Maseko was terrified that she would be deported without her newborn son and one-year-old daughter from whom she had been separated for about 10 days.

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Ending the attack on rape survivors who report to the police

Attorney General Lord Goldsmith

Dear Lord Goldsmith

Re: Ending the attack on rape survivors who report to the police

We write because we are alarmed at the recent breach of a rape survivor’s anonymity, first in Hansard (19 October), then in the Daily Mail (20 October, p.7) followed by the Sunday Times (19 November), and its implications for all rape survivors and all women. This is after decades of women demanding the protection of the law, including protection from media exposure and pornographic treatment if they report having been sexually assaulted.

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Launch of: Misjudging rape - Breaching Gender Guidelines and International Law in Asylum Appeals

Event

Start and End Dates

A Dossier of how adjudicators (now known as immigration judges)
flout international law and even their own guidelines when they consider the asylum claims of women and girls seeking safety and protection from rape.
 

LaunchDoss128web.JPGLeft to right:
*Anver Jeevanjee, Member Asylum & Immigration Appeals Tribunal 1983-2004
*Sian Evans, Women Against Rape
*Cristel Amiss, Black Women’s Rape Action Project
*Ian Macdonald QC, speaking (and hosting the meeting)
*Jovanka Savic, Sutovic Hartigan Solicitors
*Sarah Kajumba, All African Women’s Group
Also speaking
*Louise Hooper, barrister, Garden Court Chambers

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BOOK Misjudging Rape: Breaching Gender Guidelines and International Law in Asylum Appeals

Resource

Misjudging Rape: Breaching Gender Guidelines and International Law in Asylum Appeals
A Dossier of how adjudicators (now known as immigration judges) flout international law and even their own guidelines when they consider the asylum claims of women and girls seeking safety and protection from rape.
£3.00 individuals; £5.00 organisations;
£10.00 professionals/institutions

Order from All Women Count website

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Victims of rape and other torture win against unlawful detention and removal

An important report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons into healthcare at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre was published yesterday. It focused on “the support and treatment of detainees with mental and traumatic stress disorders, and on issues raised by the medical case management of two female detainees (Ms A and Ms B).” The detained women were two of nearly 300 rape survivors in Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre who have contacted Black Women’s Rape Action Project (BWRAP) and Women Against Rape (WAR) since June 2005. With other organizations, BWRAP and WAR provided intensive support to the two women and others who went on hunger strike with them to protest at conditions in detention and the threat of deportation. Like Ms A and Ms B, many vulnerable women in Yarl’s Wood and other detention centres are being left without legal representation, medical or any other kind of help.

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