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.

 

 

 

Message from BWRAP to protestors of North West Detention Centre, Tacoma, US, 2 August 2014

Greetings from London, where women, the majority rape survivors, have been protesting against detention and deportation at Yarl’s Wood detention centre. On 15 June international day of action over sixty of us had a speak out which women inside joined via our sound system, while we  demonstrated at the gate. A few days later, a young brother and sister and nine women were released.

We are encouraged by your hunger strikes and protests inside and outside the North West Detention Centre in Tacoma, especially your demanding today that large advocacy organizations refuse to meet with President Obama unless immigrants themselves can be part of the negotiation.  In England, some non government organizations have become managers of detention and deportations, and we are demanding they stop this collaboration.

As women detainees, immigrants, refugees and supporters, we know the cost of racist immigration policies that divide us all. Everywhere, it is usually women who do most of the work of winning justice and repairing broken families and communities. We have the right to be here because it is our labour that created the wealth of these countries. We know we are stronger when we join with others across national borders and we hope to continue working with you to end detention.

Cristel

Black Women Rape Action Project (BWRAP)

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See video of the protest at Yarl’s Wood detention centre on 15 June international day of action to close detention centres.

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