Changing Hearts and Minds

| Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 | No Comments »

Preventing Violence against Black and Minority Ethnic Women and Girls An Education Pack by Southall Black Sisters To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, [#IDEVAW] and the 16 Days of Activism [#16DaysOfActivism] against Gender-Based Violence Campaign we are launching Changing Hearts and Minds – Preventing Violence against Black and Minority Ethnic Women and Girls – An Education Pack.


We Strongly Condemn the Terrorist Attacks Taking Place in the Name of “Islam”

| Friday, November 20th, 2015 | No Comments »

Southall Black Sisters stands in solidarity for the people of France and all those around the world who are resisting religious fundamentalist violence. Statement from Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) WLUML strongly condemns the terrorist attacks that have taken place in the name of “Islam” in the past weeks. We mourn our dead in Paris and stand in solidarity with


Modi Not Welcome in the UK

| Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 | No Comments »

#ModiNotWelcome #NotInOurName On 13 and 14 November 2015 the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi will be visiting the UK. His visit is significant for a number of reasons, but most of all, because it marks the rehabilitation of Modi on the world stage. The UK and other western powers who were once exercised by his abysmal human rights record


Bring Louis Home

| Monday, October 26th, 2015 | No Comments »
Bring Louis Home copyright Afsana

#BringLouisHome Campaign SBS is supporting this campaign against the appalling discriminatory Sharia laws of Dubai and the lack of an adequate British state response. We have only just got involved and have agreed to support Afsana’s quest for justice. Please can you share/circulate widely and try and come to the demonstration. Join us on 29th October 2015 at 11am opposite


Immigration Bill a serious threat to liberty

| Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 | No Comments »

Southall Black Sisters joins lawyers and civil society organisations in voicing opposition to the government’s Immigration Bill which will impact adversely on fundamental freedoms and civil liberties. 90 civil society organisations, university lecturers and lawyers criticise the immigration bill as a serious threat to liberty In a letter published in the Times, 90 leading civil society organisations, university lecturers and


Denise Marshall

| Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 | No Comments »

We at Southall Black Sisters are extremely sad to learn of the death of Denise Marshall, Chief Executive of Eaves, a feminist charity, after a short but fierce battle with inoperable cancer. Denise did ground breaking work for women trafficked into prostitution (the Poppy Project); a peer befriending scheme for sexual violence survivors (the Amina scheme) and a London-wide training


Gender is all too relevant in violence statistics

| Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 | No Comments »
Alison Saunders Copyright Guardian Photograph Andrew Matthews

Originally published in the Guardian on 7th July 2015 Your correspondents call on the director of public prosecutions to “affirm [her] commitment to eliminating intimate violence against human beings of any gender” and criticise the Crown Prosecution Service’s presentation of statistics in its annual violence against women and girls report for being so explicitly gendered (Letters, 2 July). It is


Legal Aid and Access to Justice

| Friday, June 19th, 2015 | No Comments »

SBS urges all those who work on violence against women issues to respond to the call (see below) for evidence on the impact of the legal aid cuts on women’s access to justice. Access to justice is one of the most pressing issues facing front line services that work on gender based violence issues. We must do all we can


UN Special Rapporteur on #VAWG report on UK

| Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 | No Comments »
Rashida Manjoo image copyright vitalvoices

Southall Black Sisters response to UN Special Rapporteur on #VAWG report on UK ‘Southall Black Sisters welcomes today’s UN report on the UK government’s response to violence against women. The report highlights the many serious failings of the UK government to adhere to international human rights, equality and non-discrimination principles by adopting an inconsistent and contradictory response to violence against


Nearly 200 signatories call to dismantle parallel legal systems

| Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 | No Comments »
Call to dismantle parallel legal systems

Press Release 15 June 2015 Women’s rights and secular organisations urge the new government to take concerted measures to stop the development of parallel legal systems and to facilitate full and proper access to justice for all citizens and to one secular law for all. For decades, successive governments have appeased undemocratic religious power brokers in minority communities who have

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