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.

 

 

 

Parliament

Report of the delegation to Oona King, MP

Oona King, MP who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Great Lakes Region and Genocide Prevention, met with a delegation of over forty women from All African Women’s Group. Organised by Black Women’s Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape, rape survivors from Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, Congo DRC, Kenya and Uganda were able to speak powerfully, movingly and with great courage about what forced them to seek asylum in Britain. Every woman said that the arms trade was one of the crucial issues. A woman from Uganda said “For anyone to arrive here is so hard, it’s a lot of struggle to get here. The British government has a policy, since 1981, of backing Museveni. There’d be no raping and killings in the DRC, Rwanda or any of these places if this support did not happen. We wouldn’t have to come here to seek asylum. But nobody condemns Museveni. Why are we not entitled to asylum then? ”

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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].

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