Please help Women Against Rape and the English Collective of Prostitutes raise funds to stage a dramatic production of a rape trial where two sex workers took on their rapist in court. On stage November 2019
View teaser from rehearsals in 2015, when the play was called ‘Pursuing Justice’. Please support this bold creative project.
1995. Two sex workers have been raped separately
at knifepoint while visiting a client’s house in suburbia. They report it, but
despite continuing threats, the Crown Prosecution Service closed the case
claiming ‘insufficient evidence’.
outraged, the women came to the English Collective of Prostitutes and Women
Against Rape. They assembled a legal team to take the rapist to court, and
prevent attacks on more women.
imaginative action was the first ever private prosecution for rape in England
is the moving dramatisation of the trial, drawn from the transcript.
builds towards the final verdict – will the women get protection and justice?
Sold-out pilot shows in 2015 had great reviews: “Challenging . . . uncompromising, everything theatre should be.” Tribune
established that every victim is entitled to justice. This principle was picked
up by the #MeToo and TimesUp movements and accounts of rape and other violence
poured out from women from all walks of life. A play that looks at who is
classed as an “unreliable witness” and who a jury will believe is right on
Austerity cuts have targeted women. Rising poverty makes it harder for women to resist and escape exploitation and violence. More women, particularly mothers are going into sex work to feed their children. Yet, sex workers are deterred from reporting violence by the fear of arrest and for migrant workers, the fear of deportation.
When and where
31 Oct; 1 to 14
November 2019 (except Sundays 3rd and 10th Nov], 7pm, Clean Break, 2 Patshull Rd, Kentish Town, London NW5
access. Sign-language interpreters at some shows.
with an original complainant, the cast and campaigners from ECP and WAR will
follow six performances.
by renowned US writer-director, Lesley Delmenico.
To make it happen we need to raise a further £10,000
donations will help fund:
Lighting and sound
Stage manager fees
Travel and expenses for 10 volunteers
Graphic design for marketing online and printing
Subsidised tickets for refugees, asylum seekers and
Cambridge University hosts a panel discussion in 2017 which marked 40 years since the founding of the group Women Against Rape (WAR). In these decades, WAR has campaigned consistently to combat rape culture and end the marital rape exemption in English law. Utilising a number of strikingly innovative methods, such as holding a ‘public trial’ of senior judges and politicians in Trafalgar Square in July 1977, WAR first caught the attention of the national press in the 1970s, but has only attracted the attention of historians within recent years. This year, Adrian Williamson published his article ‘The Law and the Politics of Marital Rape in England, 1945-1994’ in Women’s History Review, which was followed by a witness seminar on the subject, in which WAR representatives took part.
Though they have begun to be recognised as a group of significant historical interest, no concerted effort has been made to look at WAR in its own right. This event seeks to do just that. In particular, it aims to examine and discuss:
The emergence of WAR, and the group’s early years;
-The activism and methods of the group, from its establishment in 1976 to the present day;
-The emphasis which WAR placed on marriage (as an institution of rape), and to discuss the group’s engagement with the concept of marriage more broadly;
-Black Women’s Rape Action Project (BWRAP), with whom WAR still works, and of how WAR engaged with race. This event also marks BWRAP’s 25th anniversary;
-WAR’s current campaigns, activities, and the impact of austerity on their work.
This event will take the form of a panel discussion. Chaired by Dr Lucy Delap, the panel will boast activists past and present from WAR and BWRAP, the legal historian Adrian Williamson, and other experts in the field.
The event will be hosted by the University of Cambridge, generously supported by the MPhil Modern British History sub-committee, whom the organisers wish to thank, and will take place on Tuesday 7th February 2017 to coincide with Sexual Violence Awareness Week.
Friday 8 March protest 12-2pm at Royal Courts of Justice WC2A 2LL:
We invite you to join and speak out at the International Women’s Strike event this Friday.
We’ll be highlighting sexual violence including:
-Putting the family court on trial for removing children from their mother after they report rape or domestic violence;
-Our campaign with the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union demanding an end to sexual harassment, zero hour contracts, starvation wages and benefit cuts;
-Putting the government on trial for detention, destitution and deportation of rape survivors seeking asylum.
More info here https://www.facebook.com/GlobalWomensStrike/
Tel: 020 7482 2496
Please share in your networks.
All women, children and non binary people welcome.
2.30: SOAS Cloisters – Decolonising Our Minds and Payday men’s network hosting the Strikers with food, exhibits, film screenings. SOAS University of London, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0XG. Everyone Welcome.
BWRAP and WAR are joining actions wherever we are. Low wages, zero hour contracts and lack of other employment rights make women in particular vulnerable to sexual violence and workplace exploitation. Women have kids to feed, and when wages are low, and they may face sanctions and even the sack if they report abuse, it is really hard to complain or speak out about it. But workers have had enough and are organising together.
At McDonalds in the US on 18 September workers held co-ordinated strike/walkouts in many US cities, to publicly expose the systemic abuse. This includes groping, sexual demands and other abuse from colleagues and employers. Those who report it to managers are ignored or punished.
Over the past decade, legal actions by victims won substantial damages, and/or their local employer was often fined. But the company has evaded responsibility by blaming the local McDonalds franchise holder. (Explanation and details on legal actions here: https://www.vox.com/2018/9/13/17855198/mcdonalds-strike-me-too)
When women workers came out in the US, they arrived wearing tape over their mouths with #MeToo written on it. Some of their placards read “I am not on the menu”.
Let’s show our support for the low-waged women who are striking – because their actions are in everyone’s interest.
Join us tomorrow for this important seminar 6-8pm at the House of Commoms committee room 14 which will gather evidence of the harm caused by separating mothers from their children and forced adoption. WAR is on the speakers panel.
UNILEVER: disinvest from Myanmar!
End rape and genocide of Rohingya!
8 March 2018, International Women’s Day,5-6pm PROTEST outside UNILEVER HQ UNILEVER House, 100 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DY
UNILEVER claims to embody principles that respect the dignity and rights of women and girls, especially in the marketing of Dove products. UNILEVER has been so successful in this that the company holds the title of “Impact Champion” appointed by UN Women as part of their campaign to advance women’s rights. As an Impact Champion UNILEVER proclaims that “UNILEVER aims to improve safety for women and girls in the communities where they operate.”
This is at odds with their $667 million investment in Myanmar where the military are committing systematic rape and other torture with total impunity as part of their genocide against the Rohingya people.
A new report details Myanmar Army’s use of rape as a weapon against the Rohingya:
UNILEVER is one of the biggest foreign investors in Myanmar and has the power to impact directly on the actions of the government. By withdrawing from Myanmar, UNILEVER can reduce the funds available to the military and encourage other corporations to put people’s lives before profits.
Please join us on 8 March, International Women’s Day. We will taking part in the speak out called by the Global Women’s Strike to put the Family Court on Trial (details below).
We have seen a massive rise in calls for help from mothers whose children are being taken into care or even adoption, when they report rape or domestic violence. They are routinely disbelieved or blamed for causing their children “emotional harm” while the perpetrators get away with it. The drive to prioritise fathers’ ‘rights’ overrides all other considerations, with violent fathers being given contact and residence. Children and mothers are being abused and even killed as a result.
Poverty imposed by austerity cuts – 86% of which have targeted women, depriving us of escape routes – is also used to accuse mothers, especially single mothers, of ‘neglect’ and take our children.
Mothers all over the UK are fighting for our rights to care for and protect our children from this child abuse by the state. Please bring your evidence.
Women Against Rape
Facebook event here. Follow us on Twitter @WomenStrike.
Performance: We are Here – because You are There Our interactive play has been on tour to Coventry, Sheffield & the DSEI Stop to Arms Fair. Performed by asylum seekers from the All African Women’s Group, it depicts the real life injustices faced by rape survivors and others throughout the asylum process. Wed 14 Feb 1-2pm Human Rights Room
Exhibition:For Those Who Died Trying The dangers and issues faced by environmental rights
defenders in Thailand told through those who survived assassination attempts.
Filmed, photographed & edited by Luke Duggleby
Support not Separation Mothers speak of their struggle to keep and protect their children against unwarranted removal by social services and forced adoption. Plus art exhibition and protest films by Women Against Rape. Wed 14 Feb 3-4pm