March for a future that is equal
22 October 2012
UK Feminista march for equality
The UK Feminista’s march on 24 October will follow and build on the TUC’s March for a Future which took place last weekend. Their argument for positive action is overwhelming:
• Women’s unemployment is at its highest level in 25 years.
• Women’s Aid are turning away women due to a lack of space.
• The Women’s National Commission has been abolished.
• House of Commons Library estimates that women will pay for 72% of the net cost of recent budget changes in taxes, benefits and tax credits.
• Many maternity units are being closed.
• TUC research shows that single mums lose 18.5% after the 2010 spending review.
Equity has asked UK Feminista to clarify its policy of encouraging local campaigns against lap dancing clubs. Equity organises dancers in pole and lap dancing clubs and is concerned to protect their rights to work. Read the Equity letter to UK Feminista here.
UK Feminista has responded that the purpose of the march is to call on MPs to take urgent action to stop attacks on women's rights and to start driving change forwards. The specific demands that will be made to MPs at the lobby are:
- Help ensure every school plays their part in preventing violence against women and girls.
- Take action to end the stereotyping, objectification and sexualisation of women in the media.
- Take a stand for urgent investment in childcare for all.
- Take action to ensure justice for women seeking asylum.
- Protect reproductive rights and support an abortion law for the 21st century.
UK Feminista Director Kat Banyard has told Equity that organisations taking part in the lobby are of course welcome to talk to their MP about any additional issues relating to women's equality that they wish. Organisations supporting the lobby are: Abortion Rights, Abortion Support Network, Asylum Aid, British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Daycare Trust, Eaves, Education for Choice, End Violence Against Women Coalition, Equality Now, Fawcett Society, Newham Asian Women’s Project, Object, One Billion Rise UK, Women and Girls Network, and Women for Refugee Women, NAWO and NUS Women’s Campaign.
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