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.

 

 

 

Victory against homophobic deportation!

Ruth Mubiru, a lesbian woman who feared persecution if she was returned to her home country of Uganda, was today given full refugee status at her appeal hearing.

Ms Mubiru called from Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre, where she had been detained for the last few weeks, as soon as she was told by the judge of his decision. She was delighted and relieved and looking forward to being released.

The entrenched homophobia of the Ugandan government and its authorities is widely known, and has for some time been the subject of international protests and condemnation. Since the Supreme Court ruled that lgbtq people could not be told they could safely be removed if they kept their sexuality quiet, the Home Office instead disbelieves almost anyone who makes a claim on this basis. Ms Mubiru was put in the Detained Fast Track as soon as she made a fresh asylum claim, and put in Yarl’s Wood Immigration and Removal Centre.

Highly unusually, the judge at Ms Mubiru’s appeal told her that she would be given full refugee status. Normally judgement is reserved and issued several weeks later. Ms Mubiru’s evidence corroborating her fear of persecution was clearly very compelling. It is even more extraordinary that this happened in the Detained Fast Track, where women are frequently denied the opportunity to gather evidence, or even legal representation, and thus only 1% of appeals succeed.

Like other women with whom we are working, Ms Mubiru had a number of supporters at her appeal. As legal aid cuts increasingly prevent women getting access to representation and justice, this has become a crucial self-help tool: judges are confronted with the fact that victims are cared for, valued and believed by others in the community, in contrast to the heartless determined disbelief of the Home Office.

Black Women’s Rape Action Project 

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