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.

 

 

 

All African Women's Group

Family Reunion just a plane ticket away - final appeal for Maureen Mahoro

Many of you know that in August the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal ruled that Maureen Mahoro's three children should be allowed to join her!

After hearing compelling testimony from Maureen and supporting evidence from WAR, the judges accepted that Maureen’s family could only be reunited in the UK (and not in Burundi or Uganda). This victory came almost eight years after Maureen was forced to leave her children behind when she fled Burundi.

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Coming together for self-help

Mariareport.JPGMaria Kassaga, All African Women's Group, Introduction
Women speak out in Parliament against detention, deportation, privatisation and profiteering. 14 January 2010
Report of meeting and more speaches

All African Women’s Group, founded in 2002, is a group of women of different nationalities from different backgrounds. We may sometimes come from different sides of a political conflict but we have managed to stay together because we cease to think of ourselves as rivals but as people going thru the same experience. The problems we have unite us.

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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.

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My four children were lost in Burundi

Success story

I won the right to stay after four long years of fighting even to get my asylum case heard. My four children were lost in Burundi where I was forced to leave them when I fled for my life after being imprisoned, raped and tortured. Any spare penny that I had since coming to the UK was spent looking for my children. When I won the right to stay I renewed my efforts. I found a reliable man who has some experience in detective work who was ready to search. In July 2008, he located three of them in Uganda.

At first, contact with my children was very difficult. They were deeply traumatised by being separated from me for so long. For all those years they hadn’t known if I was alive or dead. With the help of Women Against Rape, I am applying for settlement visas for the children to join me. We are waiting for the outcome of their applications.

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Help traumatised mother find her children

OCTOBER 2007 As a result of this financial appeal, Ms M raised enough money so that a reliable person could start looking for her children. He eventually found them in Uganda in July 2008.

ACTION ALERT: DONATIONS NEEDED TO HELP TRAUMATISED MOTHER FIND HER CHILDREN

Ms Maureen Mahoro has not seen or heard from her four children for over four  years. She doesn’t know whether they are alive or dead but like any mother is desperate to find out. Her oldest son disappeared and she was forced to leave the other three behind when she fled from Burundi to the UK in fear of  her life in 2003. She needs money to search for them and all the money she  managed to scrap together for this purpose has run out. We are urgently  asking for your help.

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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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