Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Amnesty march on violence against women

From Liberal Conspiracy:

Hundreds of Amnesty activists and women’s rights campaigners head to Parliament today to demand protection for all women facing violence in the UK.

On Wednesday 4 November, hundreds of Amnesty International campaigners and campaigners from women’s rights groups from across the UK will travel to London to join the organisation’s mass lobby of Parliament.

Activists will be gathering at the Shaftesbury Avenue Cineworld, London, from 9.30am and they are due to arrive at Parliament at 12pm for the mass lobby.

While at Westminster, Amnesty activists who are travelling to London from as far as Rochdale and Southampton will meet their local MPs and urge them to call on the Government to provide adequate funding to protect all women who are victims of violence living in the UK.

Specifically they will call for all women living in the UK to be able to access a refuge and receive specialised support.

Currently hundreds of women with insecure immigration status are not able to get a refuge or adequate support because of the ‘no recourse to public funds’ rule.

They will also challenge their MP to pressure the Government to increase funding for specialist services such as rape crisis centres and refuges as they roll out their Violence Against Women Strategy, expected later this month November.

Joy Barredo of Norwich Mind told HOPE not hate, Norfolk earlier this year that the foreign brides of British men were particularly vulnerable for the first two years of their lives in Britain under present policies. They usually have no idea of their rights, and no place to go should they seek to flee abuse, because of the 'no recourse to public funds' rule.

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