“Dead women can’t vote”

Submitted by Matthew on 14 October, 2015 - 10:49 Author: Becky Crocker

Sisters Uncut is a feminist direct action group which campaigns against austerity cuts to services for survivors of domestic violence.

At the recent film premiere of Suffragette, the group staged a “die in” on the red carpet, while over 100 sisters let off smoke bombs, waved placards and chanted: “David Cameron take note, dead women can’t vote”. The action drew international media attention to the often-neglected issue of domestic violence.

Sisters placed Suffragette in a contemporary context by saying: the fight is not over. Sisters also placed the all-white feminism of the film in perspective by asking why women of colour, who played a role in the Suffragette movement, have not been featured in the film.

This is relevant because cuts to domestic violence services have disproportionately impacted on women of colour. Of the services that have closed since 2010, 32 have been specialist services for BME women.

Sisters Uncut is growing; it welcomes new activists (all women — trans, intersex and cis) and hopes soon to set up groups around the country. For more information see Sisters Uncut

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