If you weren't asleep or glued to your phone on your commute this morning, you might have noticed some of the tube's usual adverts for hair growth miracle shampoo and health supplements have been swapped out for posters with a more pressing message. The adverts, designed by feminist group Sisters Uncut, call for 'a strategic plan for all domestic violence survivors'.
The group has been campaigning against cuts to vital domestic services since 2014. You might have seen them obstructing the red carpet at the Suffragette film premiere, or turning Trafalgar Square's fountains red as a graphic reminder of the two women who are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner. Sisters Uncut don't do anything by halves and their latest action on Waterloo Bridge halted Sunday traffic in protest at the inevitable cuts soon to be announced in the Autumn statement.
Prime Minister Theresa May has recently pledged £20m to women's refuges, which forms part of a £40m package, but Sisters Uncut have likened this to applying a sticking plaster to a haemorrhage. The group's action comes just in time for the Autumn statement which, according to the Women's Budget Group will leave women significantly worse off by 2020, if proposed changes to taxes and budgets go ahead.
The group has also called for specialist services for disabled people, and highlight that the services hit hardest by austerity were those supporting African and Caribbean and Asian communities. And they've got the shocking stats to prove it. In 2014, four out of five black and minority ethnic women were turned away from a refuge, and 34 refuges have been closed under this Tory government.
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