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.




15 June - Day of Action - Close detention centres!

spainlogo_22.thumbnail.jpg70% of women who contact us from Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre are rape survivors often from war and conflict zones. They’re often locked up in conditions reminiscent of those they fled, denied lawyers and other expert support. Some have bravely spoken out about sexual assault by guards. That’s why we’re endorsing this protest.

On 15 June 2014 
Join the international day to


Protest at Yarl’s' Wood Immigration Removal Centre, 4.30-6.30pm

Twinwoods Business Park, Thurleigh Rd Milton Ernest, Bedford MK44 1FD


image001.jpgOn 2 May, 150 detainees at the Harmondsworth detention centre in the UK staged a sit-down courtyard occupation and a hunger strike. They petitioned to end the 'detained fast track' system, where decisions are made on asylum claims within days allowing no time for people to gather evidence of the persecution they suffered. In Colnbrook and Brooke House detention centres, detainees also staged protests and hunger strikes. In Campsfield, hunger strikers demanded the closure of all UK detention centres.

Right: Solidarity demonstration at Harmonsworth 6 May 2014

Since 2005 there have been at least four major hunger strikes by women in Yarl’s Wood IRC. Women came together across races to protest mothers being separated from their children, sexual abuse by guards, inadequate food and negligent health care. Their protests have prevented deportations and won the release of many women - and compensation for unlawful detention.

image002.jpgOn 7 March, in the US a wave of hunger and work strikes by migrants began at the North West Detention Centre and grew til it was 1200 strong. After 56 days, a Bill encouraging "alternatives to detention" of undocumented migrants was put forward. During that time, an unprecedented movement, Not1More, organised actions to urge President Obama to stop deportations, winning the support of 30 members of Congress.

Right: 5-6 April 2014 - Protest in New Orleans, one of 100 actions in 80 cities against Obama's 2 million people deportation

In April, in Israel, 1000 people demonstrated at the Holot detention centre in the desert, where thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers have been protesting imprisonment without trial, indefinite detention, and illegal deportation to Uganda and Rwanda. In the same month, in Valencia,Spain, 100 detainees started a hunger strike against deportations.

These are just some of recent protests against detention centres spearheaded by detainees with their families and supporters. Those of us outside must support these courageous actions, and we invite you to join an international day to close detention centres on 15 June, initiated by Spanish groups.


Every year, about 30,000 people are detained in one of the 11 UK detention centres without charge or conviction, without time limit, often without reasons given in writing, and with inadequate access to legal support, translation or healthcare.

Their only "crime": claiming asylum against persecution or the right to remain with their family.

Black Women’s Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape have highlighted that 70% of women in detention are rape survivors, detained contrary to government guidelines, in conditions reminiscent of the persecution they fled. Many women and men are survivors of other torture. Children are traumatised by being separated from friends and schools.


Some women face rape and other abuse from guards. In the UK, women’s protests, reported in the press, led MPs to summon Yarl's Wood management to explain their action in parliament.

Detention centres are used as a punishment and a deterrent against people seeking safety in the host country. Even children are detained, sometimes with the active collaboration of charities

Physical violence from guards during deportations is rampant. None of us will forget Jimmy Mubenga held down by G4S guards until he suffocated. Women seeking asylum from the All African Women’s Group commented: “if Jimmy’s death goes unpunished, it will be open season on us all – whether we are seeking asylum, immigrant or just in the wrong place.”

Right above: Outside Aluche detention centre (Madrid) in Spain where on Action Day 2013 there were actions in 10 cities
Right below: At Holot detention Centre in Israel, April 2014

Organise an action on 15J - a hunger strike, a vigil, a sit-in, a meeting, a demonstration, an art event…
Contact your MP, councillor, representative, your organisation or your church. Ask them to support your demand.
Circulate and translate this message, contact the press if you can
• Send a message of support we will circulate it.
• Whatever you do, let us and the Spanish organisers know so we can publicise it

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