Women’s activist group marks International Women’s Day with tube “hack”
Fund refugees not prisons, say Sisters Uncut poems
08 March, 2019 — By Emily Finch
A WOMEN’S activist group have replaced hundreds of “Poems on the Underground” posters with their own to mark International Women’s Day today (Friday).
Members of North London Sisters Uncut replaced around 300 posters and adverts on the tube network last night with posters highlighting the devastating impact of cuts to domestic violence services.
Fund Refugees not Prisons
One of the poems, written by women and non-binary people who have survived prison or violent relationships, reads: “Theresa, theresa, what have you done? We know there is money, but you say its gone
Survivors of violence need more than new laws, Your DV [Domestic Violence] Bill pledges are littered with flaws, Prisons don’t work, so stop telling lies, Only DV [Domestic Violence] services can really save lives…”
The direct action group, who famously occupied the Visitor’s Centre at Holloway Prison two years ago, say the government’s Domestic Abuse Bill “will further criminalise survivors of domestic violence”.
No Sister of Ours
They say their poems also highlight the government’s “hostile environment” policies which prevent people with insecure immigration statuses from accessing domestic violence services for fear of being deported.
Nadia Bell, Sisters Uncut activist, said: “We hope to show Londoners how Theresa May’s government is really treating women and non-binary people who are trying to escape domestic violence.”
“This International Women’s Day, it is important to recognise the work that still needs to be done to guarantee safety for ALL survivors, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation or immigration status.”