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.




HUNGER STRIKE UPDATE: Tuesday 2 March 2010

We spoke with nineteen women yesterday who confirmed they remain steadfastly on hunger strike.

Monday 1 March

The Guardian: “Legal challenge over Yarl's Wood women ” Centre breaching human rights, say lawyers, treatment of inmates is 'cruel and degrading' more

Guardian Letters: "Detaining children is finally being condemned (Letters, 18 February). But what about the detention of mothers? Either children suffer alongside their mother in detention or they suffer the pain of separation. Ending the detention of children has to mean ending the detention of families. This issue has been thrust into the headlines by mothers on hunger strike in Yarl's Wood removal centre. We were attacked by guards, "kettled" for hours, denied access to toilets and water and locked outside in freezing conditions. A couple of us got out and some of us face removal in the next few days. We call on anyone who cares to press for an independent investigation into reports of violence and racist abuse from guards and a moratorium on all removals and deportations pending the results."
Adeola Omotosho Yarl's Wood hunger striker
Stella Mpaka All African Women's Group

The Independent: “The scandal that is Yarl's Wood" To those familiar with our detention centres, a hunger strike comes as no surprise more

The Morning Star: “Campaigners accuse minister of smearing hunger strike” more

Sunday 28 February
The Observer: "Immigration bosses to be quizzed after asylum seekers were 'beaten' by guards " more

Friday 26 February 2010

The Guardian: “Women fast-tracked to asylum denial” Hundreds of refugee women are being shoved through a system where they don't have enough time to make a proper case more

Wednesday 24 February
Woman’s Hour “Is the system failing women?” Interview with Isata Denton Ceesay of the All African Women’s Group, whose case was fast tracked, and Gauri van Gulik, Human Rights Watch on their report “Fast-Tracked Unfairness"   Listen again



6.30 - 7.30 Wednesday 3rd March
Holloway Prison, Parkhurst Road, London, N7 0NU
Demo in support of five women who were transferred to prison from Yarl’s Wood as well as the twenty women still refusing food at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre. Contact:

FRFI Close Communications House!
Tuesday 2 March, 1-2pm
Old Street, EC1 (just off Old Street roundabout) Nearest tube Old Street

Statement of support from women on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood for the 1st March Immigrants Strike in France, Italy and other European countries against racism and exploitation.


In this day and age when society claims to be at the peak of civilisation equal opportunities should be a must.

All migrants should be treated equal, with dignity and given the same opportunities as the rest of the world regardless of background, colour, ideologies, and situation thereby given everyone a fair chance in life thus enabling every one to nurture and achieve their goals, aims and objectives.

This promotes peace, harmony and a progressive and productive society instead of discrimination, segregation, alienation and maltreatment.

The women of Yarl’s Wood, can relate to the strike because we face the situation of inequality, discrimination, indefinite detention, poor conditions to name a few because we are migrants and although we are not there in body we are in spirit and it is only by standing up for our rights, believing in ourselves can we make changes not only for us but generations to come.