No Recourse Day Of Action
April 21, 2008
Southall Black Sisters has called for a Day of Action on their No Recourse to Public Funds Campaign for April 23rd.
At the moment, women (like myself) who are in the UK on a spousal visa are not allowed recourse to public funds, including housing benefit and income support. If these marriages become abusive, this means these women have nowhere to turn. Most women’s refuges collect housing benefit on behalf of their inhabitants in order to remain open – they literally cannot afford to take in women who are not allowed access to benefits.
From the Southall Black Sisters Website:
The plan for the Day of Action is to assemble at 11.00am for a demonstration at 11.30-12.30 on the Embankment opposite Portcullis House, Westminster, London (nearest tube Westminster) we were not able to get permission to gather in Parliament Square. A big, bold and beautiful banner is being made by an Amnesty artist. Please wear black on the day.
The public meeting will begin at 1pm in Portcullis House, details of the speakers will follow shortly.
For those us in the North, action is being co-ordinated by Roshni Asian Women’s Aid in Sheffield. You can contact them on on 0114 250 8898 or email@example.com. (Thanks to Alice from Feminist Fightback).
More information on the No Recourse Campaign from Southall Black Sisters, here
I’m hoping to have a post up about the Feminist Fightback Reproductive Freedoms teach-in later today or tomorrow, but the link between the No Recourse Campaign and Reproductive Freedoms was discussed at length. How can a woman have control over her reproductive organs if she can’t get out of an abusive marriage, because the government would happily see her starve? She may abort a wanted child out of fear of what her husband will do to her baby, or be forced to have an unwanted child by her husband. Attempting to control a woman’s reproductive capacity is a key feature of many violent relationships; the abusive husband may be forcing the woman to use to abstain from birth control.
The No Recourse Campaign is of crucial importance – I hope that as many of you as possible come out on the 23rd.