Friday, 12 December 2014

Still We Rise sharing event, Manchester, Tues 16 Dec 2014

Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) and Manchester Migrant Solidarity ( MISOL)  invites you to a sharing of:

     "Still We Rise"

 on Tuesday 16th December 2014
 a Sharing 
from 6pm 
at Methodist Central Hall,
 Oldham Street, 
Manchester, M1 1JQ.

  (approximately last 1hr.)

Still We Rise is a disturbing, eye opening and frank account of untold stories from women asylum seekers, some of whom have firsthand experience of being held in Yarl’s Wood, using multiple voices to emphasise the causes of how they end up there.

Still We Rise created by members of WAST in their own words to highlight the issues they face as part of their struggle for freedom in the asylum system.

Still We Rise consists of poetry, song and dance and drama through their journey as they fight back with dignity.

Funded by. Tudor Trust, & Individual donations from supporters and is  Supported by Safety4Sisters 
                                                                                 DONATIONS WELCOME

No booking necessary but it would help us to know if you would like to come please email;  or   

Thursday, 4 December 2014

10th December 2014 Manchester - Demonstration Stop the cuts to specialist “Violence Against Women” services

10th December 2014 marks Human Rights Day.

It is also the end of the 16 days of action associated with UN International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women. As Manchester City Council announces a further round of cuts to the tune of £60 million, Safety4Sister calls all women and men to join our demo and send out a united message to the Coalition Government


Wednesday 10th December 2014 - 12-2pm

St Peters Square, next to Cenotaph, Manchester City Centre

Bring banners, placards, whistles, pots/pans, spoons and drums.

The Coalition Government has slashed funding to vital frontline services for women and children escaping gender based violence and Manchester City Council has just announced that it has to find a further £60 million in saving. This is devastating. Some of the most vulnerable women and children are facing an uncertain future as specialist services, such as Women’s Aid refuges and Rape Crisis centres, struggle to survive. These, and many other specialist Violence Against Women services in Greater Manchester and around the UK, literally save women and children’s lives and provide excellent value for money. Services such as refuge accommodation, advocacy, advice, outreach work and emotional and group support to those experiencing domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, honour based violence and other forms of gender based violence.

Further cuts to this sector will mean that women will have to rely on higher cost services such as A&E, critical homelessness and emergency services. This will end up costing the government more.

These cuts are located within the wider politically driven ‘austerity measures’ which have resulted in extensive reductions in funding to legal aid, NHS, education, welfare services and other vital public sector services. Women’s rights and safety are at risk. Women are finding it harder to get access to justice; to a safe and secure specialist refuge; to protection for their children and to essential support services. The most marginalised women are bearing the brunt of the impact as poverty and inequality intensifies. As services are being starved of resource’s, the first to be affected are those facing extra barriers in accessing support such as women from black and minority ethnic communities, women with immigration status problems and women with disabilities. The Coalition has already undermined the services and spaces hard fought for. Given that on average, 2 women per week are killed by partners or ex-partners, these resources are the safety net upon which thousands of women and children rely on.

Did you know that -

• 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence over their lifetimes

• 1 in 5 women (aged 16-69) have experienced some form of sexual assault since aged 16 years

• Between 2010 and July 2014 the number of specialist refuge services decreased by 17%

• In one day in 2013, 155 women and their 103 children were turned away from refuges because they could not be accommodated

• 48% of 167 domestic violence services in England said that they were running services without funding. Six refuge services were being run without dedicated funding and using up their reserves to keep their services going

• Approximately 85,000 women are raped in England and Wales every year

(Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis



Organised by Safety4Sisters – a campaigning group which aims to highlight issues affecting undocumented women experiencing gender based violence, challenge the injustices they experience and work towards improving services

For more information contact – Sandhya Sharma or Vicky Marsh @safety4sisters Safety4Sisters (Northwest)