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.

 

 

 

Urgent appeal for help to reunite Jeto Titti's family

Please find below an appeal for help from Ms Titti, one of WAR’s most dedicated volunteers.

Dear friends,

As you may know, I left my three precious children in Rwanda after soldiers came to our house, killed my husband and attacked me. I knew my children would be safer without me, so I fled alone. I battled for nine years suffering bad legal representation, detention, threatened removal, destitution, deprivation of medical treatment, and terrible mental anxiety about my children now 16, 18, and 20, who have had to grow up without their mother's love and protection. I am now fighting for the children to join me but so far they’ve been refused.

Our pain as mothers and children at being separated is completely invisible. The Home Office never recognises us as mothers and the public don’t know the trauma we go through every day of our lives - not knowing how our children are, whether they have food, how they are coping.

I started the Mothers Campaign of the All African Women’s Group (MoCa) which demands family reunion for everyone who has the right to stay in the UK. I have spoken at many events about the terrible effect of separation of mothers and children. From local schools to the House of Commons, from appearing in the media to speaking to members of the European Parliament; listeners have been very deeply affected and over a thousand people have been moved to sign our petition. I recently gave evidence to the Ministry of Justice against the proposed legal aid cuts which will have devastating effect on women like me fighting for our children to be with us. Along with other women in the All African Women’s Group, I’ll be speaking at the Mothers March Saturday 12th March.

Now I need to ask for help for my own case. Last March, I finally won the right to live in the UK but was denied the right to automatic family reunion with my children. The first step in the complicated process to establish their right to join me is for them to each apply for a visa. This is almost always refused. My eldest son Josh’s visa application has already been turned down. Then we can appeal against the decision and have the case heard by a judge, where we can argue our right to family life under the European Convention of Human Rights.
I am appealing for help for the visa fees for my two younger children who must apply very soon. I need to raise approximately £1,600 (depending on the exchange rate).

1. Donate online -- please email war@womenagainstrape.net to let them know
2. By cheque to “Women Against Rape”, Crossroads Women’s Centre, PO Box 287, London NW6 5QX. Please specify that it is for the “Jeto Appeal”.
3. Direct into WAR’s account: please call on 020 7482 2496

You have my deepest appreciation.
Yours Jeto Titti

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