Sadiq said he'd be a proud feminist in city hall. Now's his chance: support survivors of domestic violence. pic.twitter.com/FUrNPdmail— Sisters Uncut (@SistersUncut) May 10, 2016
Feminist activist group Sisters Uncut held a protest outside City Hall yesterday, on Sadiq Khan’s first day as mayor.
The campaign was to remind the new leader about his promise to have ‘a zero tolerance approach to violence against women’. It took the form of a ‘die-in’: a group of 100 activists laid flowers to mark the deaths of the women killed by domestic violence in London and held a two-minute silence to mourn them. Activists also held posters featuring a campaign quote from Sadiq in which he'd previously explained 'I will be a proud feminist in City Hall’. They also chanted ‘Sadiq Sadiq, what you gonna do? What you gonna do when we come for you?’.
One large banner read ‘2/3 turned away’, a reference to statistics from Women's Aid which show two-thirds of women fleeing violent partners are now turned away from refuges due to budget cuts. Sisters Uncut say they’re asking Sadiq to ‘intervene immediately to secure funding for services in the capital’.