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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.

Watch the UK Feminista YouTube video here.

More TUC information from: and about the UK Feminista march from:

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Austerity Plan

Name: Ian Seale

Date: 21 September 2012

UK National Debt - how Britain owes over £1 trillion

It's a truly frightening figure. Why is the world's sixth richest country so deeply in debt?

Every year the UK runs a large budget deficit. The Government spends more money than it can tax, so we plug the gap by selling bonds to investors at home and abroad. These bonds - known as gilts - have to be repaid in full, with interest. Added together, our unpaid loans make up the UK's national debt.

Right now, that debt is growing violently. The Government forecasts it will soar to an eye-watering £1.5 trillion by 2016. To put that in perspective, the UK went bust in 1976 running a budget deficit of 6% of GDP. In 2012 that deficit is going to top 8.9%.

Historically, our debt burden was heavier after World War II. But like any loan, if the money isn't invested wisely we end up borrowing even more. When the Government runs up huge debts and produces nothing to show for it, we're the ones that shoulder the burden. This year that burden will grow by £138 billion.

The state has been wasting our money for decades. Weak politicians have bribed voters with endless amounts of borrowed cash. As a result, in 2012 the interest on the national debt will cost £44.8 billion a year. That's more than we spend on defence, and not much less than the entire education budget.

Future generations won't thank us for mortgaging their future. At best, national debt will be a millstone round our children's necks. But if lenders lose faith in Britain there could be profound consequences for our currency, our country and our lives.

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