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.

 

 

 

EDM 919 HUNGER STRIKE AT YARL'S WOOD IMMIGRATION REMOVAL CENTRE 23.02.2010

McDonnell, John

That this House notes that women detained in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre have been on hunger strike since 5 February 2010 in protest against being detained for up to two years; condemns the detention of victims of rape and other torture, of mothers separated from their children and anyone who does not face imminent removal; believes that such detention flouts international conventions and UK immigration rules; requests that HM Inspector of Prisons urgently carries out an independent investigation into reports of violence, mistreatment and racist abuse from guards, being kettled for over five hours in a hallway, denied access to toilets and water and locked out in the freezing cold, which women have made to their lawyers, the media and supporters, including the All African Women's Group and Black Women's Rape Action Project; and calls for a moratorium on all removals and deportations of the women who took part in the hunger strike pending the results of that investigation.

44 signatures

McDonnell, John
Corbyn, Jeremy
Bottomley, Peter
Jones, Lynne
Riordan, Linda
Simpson, Alan
Hopkins, Kelvin
Campbell, Ronnie
Cohen, Harry
Drew, David
Hancock, Mike
Leech, John
Brake, Tom
Dean, Janet
Hemming, John
Davies, Dai
Mason, John
Galloway, George
Palmer, Nick
Cummings, John
Cook, Frank
Etherington, Bill
Price, Adam
Lazarowicz, Mark
Wareing, Robert N
Sharma, Virendra Kumar
George, Andrew
Gerrard, Neil
Abbott, Diane
Beith, Alan
Harris, Evan
Illsley, Eric
Teather, Sarah
Hamilton, Fabian
Campbell, Menzies
Cousins, Jim
Taylor, Dari
Harvey, Nick
Fisher, Mark
Lamb, Norman
Dhanda, Parmjit
Russell, Bob
Turner, Desmond
Williams, Stephen

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