Women's Fightback 21, Spring 2015

A feminist perspective on free education

Published on: Wed, 25/02/2015 - 12:56

Kelly Rogers, Defend Education Birmingham, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, personal capacity

On International Women’s Day women in NCAFC have called a mass occupation to force a discussion around a feminist perspective on free education politics.

This discussions needs to include a critique of the neoliberal university from a feminist perspective, and a critique on our own movement: sexist practices on the left, and the failures of feminist groups and organisations like the NUS Women’s Campaign, whose distorted application of safer spaces politics is leading us squarely towards inaction.

Let’s take a closer look at the demands that have formed the centrepiece of our occupations,

Free speech is a feminist issue

Published on: Wed, 25/02/2015 - 12:50

Pragna Patel

Southall Black Sisters have always organised autonomously as an anti-communalist, anti-racist, and progressive organisation. We’ve been going since 1979, as both a service provider to black and minority women, and an anti-racist and feminist organisation.

When we were set up, there was silence on race and gender in a range of social movements. We wanted to organise within those movements, autonomously, and at the same time calling on these movements to adopt what is now fashionably termed an “intersectional” approach to seeing the interconnections between race, class, sex, gender, and to

Stop cuts in domestic violence services!

Published on: Wed, 25/02/2015 - 12:43

Becky Crocker

Women activists have set up a direct action group, Sisters Uncut, to protest against cuts to domestic violence services.  Sisters Uncut held its first direct action on Saturday 14 February, to mark the spike in domestic violence that is usually recorded around Valentine’s Day.

Cuts to domestic violence services have reached a critical point.  According to a recent Women’s Aid report:

• Between 2010 and 2014 (July) the number of specialist refuge services decreased from 187 to 155.

• In England, according to Council of Europe recommendations, there is a shortfall of 1,727 refuge bedspaces (32%)

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