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.




A landmark victory for a rape victim from Uganda

Success story


In a landmark victory, a rape victim from Uganda has won the right to stay in the UK, a political precedent set by grassroots women
When millions of people are fleeing war and armed conflict, those seeking asylum in the UK face increasing racism and hostility, are impoverished, struggling to survive on vouchers and face forced dispersal away from families and communities. It's estimated that 80% of refugees worldwide are women and children, and half of women claiming asylum here have fled rape - usually by soldiers or police - after their opposition to military dictatorships and other brutal regimes. Work by Black Women's Rape Action Project (BWRAP) and Women Against Rape (WAR) on behalf of rape survivors has often been decisive in reversing Home Office refusals of their asylum claim. Some won refugee status; others won Exceptional Leave to Remain (ELR), which ensures their safety but doesn't acknowledge the full extent of the persecution and torture they experienced and denies their right to family reunion.

How we won: Urgent appeal to women in prominent positions & women's organisations