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.

 

 

 

Winning asylum

Mothers win right to family life in the UK

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Mothers win right to family life in the UK

Two mothers, both of whom have lived in the UK for over 10 years and whose children were born here, have resisted efforts to return them to Jamaica and have now won the right to stay in the UK under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act (Article 8, the right to respect for private and family life.)  One woman took part in the 40 day hunger strike at Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre to bring attention to the injustice of her case.

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From Ms PB who won £38 000 in compensation for unlawful detention

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Anon1.jpg"I have been granted leave to remain in the UK.  I can not express my appreciation to Women Against Rape who played a vital role to make this day come true.

They called me almost every week while I was in Yarl's Wood IRC and gave me moral support and encouraged me to be strong. I remember how we spoke on the phone while I was being driven to the airport to be deported to my country. They said, a barrister had been sent to court to stop my removal. I was nonplussed to know that people were out there fighting for me. They struggled to get me one of the best existing solicitors. Victory became mine since she started to represent me. WAR also wrote a letter concerning the rape I suffered and why some women can not report rape early.

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I'm a rape survivor from Rwanda

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StellaLisa921fweb.jpgI’m a rape survivor from Rwanda. My family fled because of the genocide. In fear for my life I paid a man to bring me to the UK to seek asylum. I was raped by him. WAR helped me document everything and found me a good lawyer. Now I co-ordinate a volunteer session and help women like me

Rwanda rape victim in brave fight to help others (Ham & High) 

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I am an Eritrean woman

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I am an Eritrean woman, I’m writing to say thank you. You have been sharing my problems, I can’t wait saying thanks for you and your colleagues in your office for helping me.

I feel I have parents, because you have been with me in all troubles in finance, health and housing problems, helpful advice and letters to refugee council. It’s very kind of you.”
 

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WAR has provided extra support

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“WAR has provided extra support especially talking to my legal representative when they have neglected my asylum claim, including pointing out a letter form the home office threatening me with deportation which had been ignored by my representative. I could not find help like this from any other organisation, but this was crucial for me. Lawyers can be intimidating if you have a language barrier but having a group like WAR can be of great help and personally I have benefited from this. Also WAR has provided letters of support, which have been very crucial in my immigration case and without such letter I wouldn’t have been able to put down my ordeal in writing.

Through this organisation I have met and made women friends from my own country and other parts of the world who share the same pain and traumas. It was very important for me to meet other black women because the other groups were mainly of white women."

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Testimony from a Ugandan woman who won her asylum claim with WAR's help

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I am Ugandan by nationality. I left my country due to political reasons i.e. I was raped, beaten and I was psychologicallyeduardo_martino.jpg affected because I was separated from my son and partner in Uganda. I suffered from depression, which wasn’t easy at all.

I was introduced to WAR through my solicitor and they’ve helped me a lot to recover from my experiences which I am grateful of, through counselling which I do every week. They got me housing in a hostel. I really don’t know what I would have done without them because I didn’t get any help from anyone else.

Now I have refugee status and I am studying and getting my life together.”

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Kenyan woman tortured and made pregnant in detention wins right to stay & benefits

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Ms Q, a student activist, was targeted by soldiers for her and her family's long-standing opposition to the Kenyan government. She suffered rape and violence in detention, and became pregnant. She was forced to leave her child behind when she escaped to the UK. The Home Office rejected her claim citing lack of evidence. But after receiving BWRAP's report, which highlighted how Ms Q was repeatedly raped, beaten and tortured, they granted her refugee status - ending six years of uncertainty.

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Tortured student activist would face persecution if returned to Cote D'Ivoire

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Determination by special adjudicator Mrs. J Davidson (20 January 1999)  acknowledges that it would be further persecution to return a rape survivor to Cote d’Ivoire where she suffered torture for her political activities as a FESCI student activist. 
Highlights of the Determination

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Two mothers forced to leave their children behind after rape by police and soldiers in Ethiopia and Uganda

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Ms B from Ethiopia and Ms T from Uganda are fighting for full refugee status and appealing against ELR, in order to win their right to family reunion.  Both women were raped in detention – one by police, the other by soldiers – and were forced to flee leaving their children behind.  Ms B was detained and raped by police because of her political activities opposing the Ethiopian government’s persecution of the Hadiye people.  The Home Office initially rejected her claim saying that she was ra

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