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.




Women Against Rape

Grassroots multi-racial women's group founded in 1976. Offers counselling, support, legal advocacy and information to women and girls who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

Asylum From Rape Bulletin October/November 2006


Our Asylum from Rape Project provides self-help support services to rape survivors seeking asylum. We offer help and referrals, welcome volunteers and provide guidance to organisations on how to meet women’s needs.

New publication: Misjudging Rape - 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. Compiled by Black Women’s Rape Action Project (BWRAP) & Women Against Rape (WAR).

Launch: 6.30pm, Tuesday 5 Dec 06 Hosted by Ian Macdonald QC at Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln ’s Inn Fields, London WC2.



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.


'Everything in my life has crumbled', the Guardian

A new study says that women asylum seekers who claim to have been raped in their own countries are rarely believed in British courts.

Laura Smith reports
Wednesday December 6, 2006, Guardian

When Amanda stepped off a boat in Southampton, earlier this year, she had, she says, just escaped a police cell in West Africa where she had been raped, sexually assaulted and tortured by guards and fellow prisoners. Suffering from severe abdominal pain and the trauma of leaving her two young children behind, she believed she had reached safe ground. But days after her arrival in Britain, she was taken to a detention centre and locked up for a month, during which time her asylum claim was rejected.

With no legal representation at her appeal, Amanda was forced to relive her ordeal before a judge she found hostile, and who accused her of lying about the rape. The appeal was turned down.


'Why we believe the police have lost sight of rape'

In the Media

While Tony and Ian Blair focus on defeating terrorists, are domestic violence, rape and racist assault being forgotten?

By Lisa Longstaff and Cristel Amiss,
The Times , Tuesday 17 January 2006

SOON after the shooting of the Brazilian Jean-Charles de Menezes by anti-terrorist officers, Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, called for public debate on policing. Now Tony Blair has announced drastic, immediate measures against hooligans, truants and their parents. But the most common, violent and terrifying antisocial behaviour - rape, domestic violence, racist attacks - do not appear a priority for either Blair.


Testimony for NICE guidelines re post traumatic stress disorder


Published by NICE in a 2005 guideline to the NHS on post traumatic stress disorder

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) – the body that recommends which treatments the NHS should use for specific illnesses and conditions - invited WAR to help develop guidance for the care and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as part of a group of health professionals, patients and carer’s representatives and technical experts. WAR became a ‘special adviser’ to the group. In 2004, WAR and BWRAP gave the group a presentation on Rape Trauma Syndrome, along with two women rape survivors seeking asylum who had used our services. They spoke compellingly about their health and general situation. The following is the testimony given by one of the women, which was published in the NICE guideline on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in 2005.


A landmark victory for a rape victim from Uganda

Success story


In a landmark victory, a rape victim from Uganda has won the right to stay in the UK, a political precedent set by grassroots women


Letter to All Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes Region & Genocide Prevention

From Black Women's Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape 18 June 2004

Rape survivors from Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda facing destitution, detention and forced return

Report of meeting w Oona King

Dear Oona King,

We are writing to request an urgent meeting with the All Parliamentary Group on behalf of a group of women from the above countries. As you know, the situation in DRC has rapidly deteriorated as Rwandan troops invaded Bukavu[1]. Recently, an in-depth report exposed how teenage mothers – victims of multiple rape by militia – are forced by poverty to sell sex to UN Peace keepers for their and their children’s survival[2].


How we won: Urgent appeal to women in prominent positions & women's organisations

We are asking for your help to protest against the shocking endorsement of rape by the Home Office, the Immigration Appellate Authority and the High Court in relation to Ms Rose Najjemba. A mother of five, she was violently raped during interrogation by Ugandan soldiers who accused her of selling goods to opposition forces while her son was beaten almost to death in front of her and then taken off by them (he has not been heard of since). Ms Najjemba has waived the right to anonymity to which all rape victims are entitled in order to fight for the justice and protection she deserves.


Stop collaborating with the most repressive and racist immigration laws ever

Open Letter to: Refugee Council, Refugee Arrivals Project, Refugee Action & other voluntary groups

The Immigration & Asylum Act 1999 imposed vouchers, forced dispersal and increasingly detention (imprisonment) of asylum seekers. The Home Office set up the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) giving £8m for two years to the Refugee Council and others to implement NASS policies – a form of privatisation. This new "Poor Law" costs more to administer than the benefits it denies asylum seekers; thousands of women, children and men are forced to live without cash and well below the poverty line. It has inflamed racism and opens the way to depriving everyone – single mothers, people with disabilities, homeless and older people - of cash benefits.


Response to Refugee Council’s letter in Times

In the Media

Dear Letters Editor,

That three main organisations supposed to protect the human rights of asylum seekers broadly welcome Blair's views (7 May 01 ) on asylum is frightening and potentially life threatening.

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