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 Ms Freda Nsumba - a young lesbian woman seeking asylum from Uganda

Ms Nsumba has an Appeal Hearing on 29 April 2014 against the Home Office's refusal of her asylum claim.

Please write to Theresa May, Home Secretary asking that Ms Nsumba be granted the right to stay in the UK.
public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Tel: 0870 6067766
HO Ref No N1129180/008, (Date of Birth: 12/10/1986)

Ms Nsumba is a lesbian woman who fled to the UK to escape homophobic persecution in Uganda. At boarding school she started a relationship with another girl and when that relationship was discovered, Ms Nsumba was severely punished and expelled. Her family persecuted her using ritual abuse and violence in an attempt to "correct" her. Ms Nsumba escaped to the UK five years ago but once here, a family member spiked her drink and organised for her to be raped in a callous attempt to force her into relationships with men.

Ms Nsumba's met her partner in 2011. They live together with her partner’s daughter as a happy, settled family unit. Her partner has been by Ms Nsumba’s side throughout difficult times in the UK, including testifying in court when Ms Nsumba was detained in Yarl's Wood for almost three months in 2012. Ms Nsumba is very close to her partner’s five year old daughter who sees her as her other mother.

Despite suffering persecution in Uganda and despite Ms Nsumba providing evidence of her lesbian relationship, the Home Office refuses to believe her and has turned down her asylum application. If Ms Nsumba is returned to Uganda she risks violence, imprisonment and possible death.

This is particularly true since the recent Anti-homosexuality Act was passed in February 2014). This law criminalises lesbian and gay people and outlaws the "promotion" of homosexuality and requires citizens to denounce to the police anyone suspected of being lesbian or gay. The act says "A person who commits an offence under this section - the offence of homosexuality - shall be liable, on conviction, to imprisonment for life. A person who aids, abets, counsels or procures another to engage in acts of homosexuality commits an offence and is liable to conviction and imprisonment for seven years.”

Black Women's Rape Action Project and Queer Strike are supporting Ms Nsumba - seeking asylum from rape and homophobia is not a crime, she has a right to safety and protection in the UK.

Please cc your emails to Theresa May to:
bwrap@rapeaction.net and queerstrike@queerstrike.net

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