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.

 

 

 

Yarl's Wood

We are dismissed because we are women, because we are Black and because we are asylum seekers

Jeto Flaviah
Mothers’ Campaign of the All African Women’s Group
Women speak out in Parliament against detention, deportation, privatisation and profiteering. 14 January 2010
Report of meeting and more speaches

Our campaign is a campaign of mothers who are claiming asylum in this country and who were forced to leave our children behind when we fled here. The problem we face is that mothers are not recognised as mothers when we don’t have our children with us.

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Women speak out in Parliament against detention, deportation, privatisation and profiteering 14 January 2010


audiencewideshot.JPGWith recent press coverage shedding light on the devastating impact of detention on children, and the public outrage that followed, it was no surprise that a meeting on the detention of mothers and other vulnerable people in the House of Commons 14 January, was packed with over 150 people squeezed into all corners of the room.

Organised by the All African Women’s Group (AAWG) and Black Women’s Rape Action Project (BWRAP) with the help of John McDonnell MP, the meeting heard from nine women recently released from Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. They graphically described the conditions they suffered as well as the resistance they organised through hunger strikes, public protests and day-to-day direct action. They talked about acting together and not apart, to force a change.

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Support Messages for “Women’s uncensored experiences of detention and deportation”, 14 January 2010

Anthony Wilson, AW60 Trust
I'm very glad to hear from Heather that AW60 has been able to contribute to the parliamentary event on Thursday. Sorry not to be able to attend.

A simple but glaring political point: what is the PM doing apologising for sending children to Australia 60 years ago when he is responsible for detaining and deporting them now?

I hope that you will get a good hearing from MPs. Only a handful may actually turn up, but that is enough for powerful publicity - you have friendly journalists lined up?
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Ask asylum seekers what we need to survive and be safe

Selina Mofokeng
Women speak out in Parliament against detention, deportation, privatisation and profiteering. 14 January 2010
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Selinareport.JPGMy name is Selina, I was detained twice in Yarl’s Wood, for 4 months while pregnant and again for 3 weeks when my baby was only 9 weeks old.

I was sick from the pregnancy and couldn’t make it to the dining room. Taking food into the rooms is not allowed, so sick women go for days without food. My friends would sneak some food to the room for me so I wouldn’t starve.

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We can’t sit by while victims of rape and other torture are deported

Kristina Brandemo, Women Against Rape
Women speak out in Parliament against detention, deportation, privatisation and profiteering. 14 January 2010
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I would first like to mention some international decisions grassroots women have won in pressing for rape to be acknowledged as grounds for asylum

UN resolution 1820 recognises rape as a method of war.

A Humanitarian Protection criteria for seeking asylum has been introduced in the UK. It specifically mentions rape as a form of “serious harm”. Until this the only way people could claim asylum was under the Refugee Convention which did not refer to women or rape and sexual violence.

But these victories have not fundamentally changed what women can win in the UK courts.

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Making millions out of suffering

Leyla04964.JPGLeyla Sami
Women speak out in Parliament against detention, deportation, privatisation and profiteering. 14 January 2010
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My name is Leyla and I have been detained in Yarl’s Wood twice, once in 2007 when I first arrived in this country and was put on the fast track, and then again this year I was detained for almost six months.

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Our role as mothers is not recognised, we are central to the community

JaliaDSC04944_0.JPGJalia Seremba
Women speak out in Parliament against detention, deportation, privatisation and profiteering. 14 January 2010
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I was detained for 2 ½ months with my partner, my 3-year old son and 8 month old baby. I want to say that being detained with children is like torture, and the children suffer a lot. But it’s not enough to stop child detention. No-one who is traumatised and seeking protection should be in detention, they need help.

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My life was decided in 10 working days

Isata.JPGIsata Ceesay Denton
Women speak out in Parliament against detention, deportation, privatisation and profiteering. 14 January 2010
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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
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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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