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southallblacksisters. “She grabbed the scissors and started digging, digging, digging into h

“She grabbed the scissors and started digging, digging, digging into her wrist. She didn’t feel the pain. Tears blurred her vision but she continued till her wrist was covered with zigzag lines dripping with blood.” Mayumi Gurung Thank you to the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London & Arts Council England for their invaluable support in the creation of #TurningThePage and its launch. To #SBSSurvivorsgroup without whom this project wouldn't have seen the light of day and authors Jackie Kay, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy, Miss Yankey and Rahila Gupta for their generous contribution. #SBS40 #16DaysofActivism #EndGBV #16Days #EndVAW https://turning-the-page.eventbrite.co.uk #poetry #poetrycommunity #spokenwords #Southall #storytelling #poetryevent #poetsoninstagram #poet #passionlecture #feministeventlondon #feministevent #DomesticViolence #HumanRights #WomensRights #DomesticAbuse #ForcedMarriage #SouthallBlackSisters #jackiekaypoet #ProtectionForAll

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southallblacksisters. “My son, Kevin, his wife and his son were coming as they did every Sun

“My son, Kevin, his wife and his son were coming as they did every Sunday. I didn’t like them coming every Sunday. As I get older I get tired. But they still expect an 85-year-old woman to cook for them.” Elizabeth Alexander Women of the #SBSSurvivorsGroup have spent 6 months writing their stories in the company of Rahila Gupta. Now their stories are published in #TurningThePage with the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London, Jackie Kay, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy, Miss Yankey, Imtiaz Dharker and Rahila Gupta. Book now! #SBS40 #16DaysofActivism #EndGBV #16Days #EndVAW https://turning-the-page.eventbrite.co.uk #poetry #poetrycommunity #spokenwords #Southall #storytelling #poetryevent #poetsoninstagram #poet #passionlecture #feministeventlondon #feministevent #DomesticViolence #HumanRights #WomensRights #DomesticAbuse #ForcedMarriage #SouthallBlackSisters #jackiekaypoet #ProtectionForAll

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southallblacksisters. “There are days when I want to save mankind and others when I can’t ev

“There are days when I want to save mankind and others when I can’t even go out the front door.” Bliss Thomas Be uplifted! Break your hearts & recommit to the cause during #16DaysofActivism against Gender-Based Violence. Come to #TurningThePage launch & celebrate with us. In collaboration with School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London, Jackie Kay, Imtiaz Dharker, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy, Miss Yankey and Rahila Gupta Book now! #SBS40 #EndGBV #16Days #EndVAW https://turning-the-page.eventbrite.co.uk #poetry #poetrycommunity #spokenwords #Southall #storytelling #poetryevent #poetsoninstagram #poet #passionlecture #feministeventlondon #feministevent #DomesticViolence #HumanRights #WomensRights #DomesticAbuse #ForcedMarriage #SouthallBlackSisters #jackiekaypoet #ProtectionForAll

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southallblacksisters. “Samadhi showed him a handful of anti-depression tablets and said if y

“Samadhi showed him a handful of anti-depression tablets and said if you are not going to stop nagging me, I am going to take this. He said, take it and die. So she took a glass of tap water and put all the tablets into her mouth and drank the water in one go.” Samantha De Silva After a yearlong series of events celebrating SBS's survival we celebrate the women at heart of our organisation those who come to us for support and solidarity with the Queen Mary University of London, Jackie Kay, Imtiaz Dharker, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy, Miss Yankey and Rahila Gupta. #TurningThePage Book now! #SBS40 https://turning-the-page.eventbrite.co.uk #poetry #poetrycommunity #spokenwords #Southall #storytelling #poetryevent #poetsoninstagram #poet #passionlecture #feministeventlondon #feministevent #DomesticViolence #HumanRights #WomensRights #DomesticAbuse #ForcedMarriage #SouthallBlackSisters #jackiekaypoet #ProtectionForAll

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southallblacksisters. “Rani’s total lack of regard for her family’s advice made her sisters

“Rani’s total lack of regard for her family’s advice made her sisters and brothers very anxious. They locked her up in a room and beat her. She wasn’t allowed to go out or speak to anyone. They didn’t give her food or water. They kept her in the dark.” Rajani Pitiyagadara Come to this special #poetry night organised in collaboration with the Queen Mary University of London. Jackie Kay, Imtiaz Dharker, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy, Miss Yankey and Rahila Gupta will perform alongside #SBSSurvivorsGroup #TurningThePage Book now! #SBS40 https://turning-the-page.eventbrite.co.uk #poetry #poetrycommunity #spokenwords #Southall #storytelling #poetryevent #poetsoninstagram #poet #passionlecture #feministeventlondon #feministevent #DomesticViolence #HumanRights #DomesticAbuse #SouthallBlackSisters #jackiekaypoet #ProtectionForAll

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southallblacksisters. “That fateful day, the day that I lost my son Tim, was a summer’s day

“That fateful day, the day that I lost my son Tim, was a summer’s day but it stands in front of me like a cold winter’s day. I feel again the bitter coldness of it crawl up my spine.” Dorothy Udealor-Ugwu Thank you to School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London & Arts Council England for their invaluable support in the creation of #TurningThePage and its launch. To #SBSSurvivorsgroup without whom this project wouldn't have seen the light of day and authors Jackie Kay, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy, Miss Yankey and Rahila Gupta for their generous contribution. Book now #SBS40 https://turning-the-page.eventbrite.co.uk #poetry #poetrycommunity #spokenwords #Southall #storytelling #poetryevent #poetsoninstagram #poet #passionlecture #feministeventlondon #feministevent #DomesticViolence #HumanRights #WomensRights #DomesticAbuse #ForcedMarriage #SouthallBlackSisters #jackiekaypoet #ProtectionForAll

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southallblacksisters. “I didn’t feel as if I existed any more. I was invisible although I co

“I didn’t feel as if I existed any more. I was invisible although I cooked and cleaned and kept house. When I left my husband’s bed and went to sleep in another room, he didn’t even come after me. If I didn’t exist for him, I might as well remove myself from this world.” Aline Thomas Tickets for the event include refreshments & a free copy of #TurningThePage. Don't miss this great opportunity. In collaboration with the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London, Jackie Kay, Imtiaz Dharker, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy, Miss Yankey and Rahila Gupta. Book now! #SBS40 https://turning-the-page.eventbrite.co.uk #poetry #poetrycommunity #spokenwords #Southall #storytelling #poetryevent #poetsoninstagram #poet #passionlecture #feministeventlondon #feministevent #DomesticViolence #HumanRights #WomensRights #DomesticAbuse #ForcedMarriage #SouthallBlackSisters #jackiekaypoet #ProtectionForAll

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southallblacksisters. “As they became financially more comfortable, Tarsem didn’t need to fo

“As they became financially more comfortable, Tarsem didn’t need to follow the tradition of marrying his daughter off at a tender age.” Harleen Dhillon After a yearlong series of events celebrating SBS's survival we celebrate the women at heart of our organisation those who come to us for support and solidarity with the Queen Mary University of London, Jackie Kay, Imtiaz Dharker, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy, Miss Yankey and Rahila Gupta. #TurningThePage Book now! #SBS40 https://turning-the-page.eventbrite.co.uk #poetry #poetrycommunity #spokenwords #Southall #storytelling #poetryevent #poetsoninstagram #poet #passionlecture #feministeventlondon #feministevent #DomesticViolence #HumanRights #WomensRights #DomesticAbuse #ForcedMarriage #SouthallBlackSisters #jackiekaypoet #ProtectionForAll

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southallblacksisters. “Every moment that could have been happy had been spoilt by him. Every

“Every moment that could have been happy had been spoilt by him. Every celebration had ended in tears.” Sheena Mohammed Jackie Kay, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy, Miss Yankey and Rahila Gupta have written new work in response to stories by #SBSSurvivorsgroup in #TurningThePage They'll read from it and other work alongside SBS women. In collaboration with the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London. Imtiaz Dharker will also be performing at this event. Book now! #SBS40 https://turning-the-page.eventbrite.co.uk #poetry #poetrycommunity #spokenwords #Southall #storytelling #poetryevent #poetsoninstagram #poet #passionlecture #feministeventlondon #feministevent #DomesticViolence #HumanRights #WomensRights #DomesticAbuse #ForcedMarriage #SouthallBlackSisters #jackiekaypoet #ProtectionForAll

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southallblacksisters. “[During the Hindu-Muslim riots] Should the women put a bindi on their

“[During the Hindu-Muslim riots] Should the women put a bindi on their foreheads to pretend they were Hindus? […] However, there was no help for the men. All the gangs had to do was to pull their trousers down to check whether they were circumcised.” Sheena Banu Don't miss #TurningThePage launch - a literary conversation between 2 groups of women - published writers responding creatively to #SBSSurvivorsGroup stories with the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London, Jackie Kay, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy, Miss Yankey, Imtiaz Dharker and Rahila Gupta. Book now! #SBS40 https://turning-the-page.eventbrite.co.uk #poetry #poetrycommunity #spokenwords #Southall #storytelling #poetryevent #poetsoninstagram #poet #passionlecture #feministeventlondon #feministevent #DomesticViolence #HumanRights #WomensRights #DomesticAbuse #ForcedMarriage #SouthallBlackSisters #jackiekaypoet #ProtectionForAll

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southallblacksisters. We say #EqualityNotDiscrimination. We need your support to make equali

We say #EqualityNotDiscrimination. We need your support to make equality a reality for minority women. Join our #OneLawForAll protest outside the Court of Appeal on 13th and 14th November “If this appeal is upheld, it will force Muslim and other women to turn to #Sharia ‘courts’ that already cause significant harm to women and children. If this appeal succeeds then the government will succeed in outsourcing #justice to unaccountable and fundamentalist inspired community based systems of arbitration. This amounts to an endorsement of parallel legal systems and an abrogation of its own legal obligations to uphold principles of the rule of law. This is not about recognising religious marriages; it is about the state guaranteeing equality to all before the law.” Pragna Patel of Southall Black Sisters https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/news/dont-lock-women-out-of-justice/ #Sharia #Marriage #WomensRights #ShariaMarriage #MinorityWomen #KangarooCourts #ParallelLegalSystems #Fundamentalists #Minority #MaryamNamazie #GitaSahgal #CivilMarriages #Shariacourts #Divorce #Marriages #ShariaCouncils

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southallblacksisters. Don’t Lock Women Out of Justice: Equality Not Discrimination

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Don’t Lock Women Out of Justice: Equality Not Discrimination Significant case on women’s rights following break up of marriage at the Court of Appeal “The One Law for All campaign’s research has shown that the collapse of #civilmarriages in Muslim communities has been used to spread the influence of #sharia ‘courts’. Women are trapped in a legal limbo unable to #divorce, and unable to remarry. We believe all #marriages must be registered; but we support this judgement which voids the Muslim marriage contract. The government, which has failed to act against #shariacouncils, is now threatening to send women back to them, by closing off this remedy.“ @gitasahgal of One Law for All We say #EQUALITYNOTDISCRIMINATION. We need your support to make equality a reality for minority women. Join our #OneLawForAll protest outside the Court of Appeal on 13th and 14th November at 9.30am. https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/news/dont-lock-women-out-of-justice/ #Sharia #Marriage #WomensRights #ShariaMarriage #MinorityWomen #KangarooCourts #ParallelLegalSystems #Fundamentalists #Minority #MaryamNamazie #GitaSahgal #PragnaPatel #CivilMarriages #Shariacourts #Divorce #Marriages #ShariaCouncils

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southallblacksisters. Don’t Lock Women Out of Justice: Equality Not Discrimination

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Don’t Lock Women Out of Justice: Equality Not Discrimination Significant case on women’s rights following break up of marriage at the Court of Appeal “Mr Justice Williams’ decision to consider a #Sharia Marriage a void #marriage is an important one for #womensrights. It doesn’t recognise the #ShariaMarriage but by deeming it annulled, opens the way for Muslim women to secure financial remedies if they so choose where none would otherwise be available. Unsurprisingly, the Government has appealed this crucial decision. The Government is always perfectly happy to relegate #minoritywomen to kangaroo courts and faith-based parallel legal systems in order to appease fundamentalists and manage minority communities at the expense of women’s rights. If the appeal is upheld, it will further discrimination against minority women.” @maryamnamazie of One Law for All We say #EQUALITYNOTDISCRIMINATION. We need your support to make equality a reality for minority women. Join our #OneLawForAll protest outside the Court of Appeal on 13th and 14th November at 9.30am. https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/news/dont-lock-women-out-of-justice/ #Sharia #Marriage #WomensRights #ShariaMarriage #MinorityWomen #KangarooCourts #ParallelLegalSystems #Fundamentalists #Minority #MaryamNamazie #GitaSahgal #PragnaPatel #CivilMarriages #Shariacourts #Divorce #Marriages #ShariaCouncils

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southallblacksisters. Don’t Lock Women Out of Justice: Equality Not Discrimination

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Don’t Lock Women Out of Justice: Equality Not Discrimination Significant case on women’s rights following break up of marriage at the Court of Appeal “If this appeal is upheld, it will force Muslim and other women to turn to #Sharia ‘courts’ that already cause significant harm to women and children. If this appeal succeeds then the government will succeed in outsourcing #justice to unaccountable and fundamentalist inspired community based systems of arbitration. This amounts to an endorsement of parallel legal systems and an abrogation of its own legal obligations to uphold principles of the rule of law. This is not about recognising religious marriages; it is about the state guaranteeing equality to all before the law.” Pragna Patel of Southall Black Sisters We say #EQUALITYNOTDISCRIMINATION. We need your support to make equality a reality for minority women. Join our #OneLawForAll protest outside the Court of Appeal on 13th and 14th November at 9.30am. https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/news/dont-lock-women-out-of-justice/ #Sharia #Marriage #WomensRights #ShariaMarriage #MinorityWomen #KangarooCourts #ParallelLegalSystems #Fundamentalists #Minority #MaryamNamazie #GitaSahgal #PragnaPatel #CivilMarriages #Shariacourts #Divorce #Marriages #ShariaCouncils

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southallblacksisters. “You don’t want to hear my story. I have been a bad mother. I abandone

“You don’t want to hear my story. I have been a bad mother. I abandoned my two-year-old daughter. I haven’t seen her for eight long years. I can’t sleep at night.” Ravi Kaur Women of #SBSSurvivorsGroup have spent 6 months writing their stories in the company of Rahila Gupta. Now their stories are published in #TurningThePage with the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London, Jackie Kay, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy, Miss Yankey, Imtiaz Dharker and Rahila Gupta. Book now! #SBS40 https://turning-the-page.eventbrite.co.uk #poetry #poetrycommunity #spokenwords #Southall #storytelling #poetryevent #poetsoninstagram #poet #passionlecture #feministeventlondon #feministevent #DomesticViolence #HumanRights #WomensRights #DomesticAbuse #ForcedMarriage #SouthallBlackSisters #jackiekaypoet #ProtectionForAll

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southallblacksisters. “I had forgotten about the bruises on Zainab’s arm. They were just tur

“I had forgotten about the bruises on Zainab’s arm. They were just turning a dramatic shade of purple.” Rubina Akhtar Join us for very special evening, the launch of #TurningThePage, an anthology of writings by the #SBSSurvivorsGroup. We’re ending our #SBS40 birthday with a celebration of the women at heart of our organisation those who come to us for support & solidarity! With the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London, Jackie Kay, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy, Miss Yankey, Imtiaz Dharker and Rahila Gupta. Book now! https://turning-the-page.eventbrite.co.uk #poetry #poetrycommunity #spokenwords #Southall #storytelling #poetryevent #poetsoninstagram #poet #passionlecture #feministeventlondon #feministevent #DomesticViolence #HumanRights #WomensRights #DomesticAbuse #ForcedMarriage #SouthallBlackSisters #jackiekaypoet #ProtectionForAll

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southallblacksisters. Muslim and minority women should not be forced to turn to #Sharia or r

Muslim and minority women should not be forced to turn to #Sharia or religious ‘courts’ for justice. Join us outside the Court of Appeal on 13th and 14 Nov. We say: #EqualityNotDiscrimination #OneLawforAll #MayamNamazie #GitaSahgal #YasminRehman #IKWRO Alert: Please note change of date for Court of Appeal hearing, will be on 13th and 14th Nov [not 12th Nov]. We say #EqualityNotDiscrimination. We need your support to make equality a reality for minority women. #OneLawForAll Join our protest outside Court of Appeal on 13 & 14 Nov https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/news/dont-lock-women-out-of-justice/

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southallblacksisters. Muslim and minority women should not be forced to turn to #Sharia or r

Muslim and minority women should not be forced to turn to #Sharia or religious ‘courts’ for justice. Join us outside the Court of Appeal on 12/13 Nov. We say: #EqualityNotDiscrimination #OneLawforAll #MayamNamazie #GitaSahgal #YasminRehman #IKWRO https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/news/dont-lock-women-out-of-justice/

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southallblacksisters. #SBS40 Check out the rich history of resistance and #activism by meeti

#SBS40 Check out the rich history of resistance and #activism by meeting some of the original players - #MeenaPatel playing a leading role in advocating for womens’ rights and challenging #racism #violence #fundamentalism talking tonight at Gunnersbury Park Museum along #SureshGrover of The Monitoring Group and #Southall40 and #Clarence Baker of Misty In Roots http://www.visitgunnersbury.org/southhall-rising-art-discussion/ #Southall #Ealing #StruggleNotSubmission

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southallblacksisters. “I cry rivers of tears at the thought 
Of my daughters experiencing 
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“I cry rivers of tears at the thought Of my daughters experiencing Such unbearable pain and fear.” Miss Yankey After a yearlong series of events celebrating SBS's survival we celebrate the women at heart of our organisation those who come to us for support & solidarity with the Queen Mary University of London, Jackie Kay, Imtiaz Dharker, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy, Miss Yankey and Rahila Gupta. #TurningThePage Book now! #SBS40 https://turning-the-page.eventbrite.co.uk #poetry #poetrycommunity #spokenwords #Southall #storytelling #poetryevent #poetsoninstagram #poet #passionlecture #feministeventlondon #feministevent #DomesticViolence #HumanRights #WomensRights #DomesticAbuse #ForcedMarriage #SouthallBlackSisters #jackiekaypoet #ProtectionForAll

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southallblacksisters. “That [Halelays] is the Somali word for cutting. This is how you prepa

“That [Halelays] is the Somali word for cutting. This is how you prepare for when you become a teenager, my mother said. But in Somalia you become a teenager at the age of nine or 10.” Nimo Abdilahi Come to this special #poetry night organised in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London. Jackie Kay, Imtiaz Dharker, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy, Miss Yankey and Rahila Gupta will perform alongside #SBSSurvivorsGroup #TurningThePage Book now! #SBS40 https://turning-the-page.eventbrite.co.uk #poetry #poetrycommunity #spokenwords #Southall #storytelling #poetryevent #poetsoninstagram #poet #passionlecture #feministeventlondon #feministevent #DomesticViolence #HumanRights #WomensRights #DomesticAbuse #ForcedMarriage #SouthallBlackSisters #jackiekaypoet #ProtectionForAll

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southallblacksisters. Join us for #RiseUpForRojava WORLD RESISTANCE DAY march to show solida

Join us for #RiseUpForRojava WORLD RESISTANCE DAY march to show solidarity with the women’s revolution in #Rojava NE Syria. 2nd Nov 1pm Marble Arch > 3pm Rally at Trafalgar Square, London https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/news/defend-womens-revolution-of-rojava-syria/ #womendefendrojava #riseup4rojava #worldresistanceday

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southallblacksisters. “Things can look so perfect from a distance that truth lies like a sec

“Things can look so perfect from a distance that truth lies like a secret beneath just waiting to be revealed.” Bernita Bonner Join us for a very special evening, the launch of #TurningThePage, an anthology of writings by the #SBSSurvivorsGroup. We're ending our #SBS40 birthday with a sizzle! With School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London, Jackie Kay, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy, Miss Yankey, Imtiaz Dharker and Rahila Gupta. Book now! https://turning-the-page.eventbrite.co.uk #poetry #poetrycommunity #spokenwords #Southall #storytelling #poetryevent #poetsoninstagram #poet #passionlecture #feministeventlondon #feministevent #DomesticViolence #HumanRights #WomensRights #DomesticAbuse #ForcedMarriage #SouthallBlackSisters #jackiekaypoet #ProtectionForAll

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southallblacksisters. #Vacancy for Helpline Adviser. We are seeking a confident, organised a

#Vacancy for Helpline Adviser. We are seeking a confident, organised and enthusiastic person, who will have an exceptional telephone manner and be responsible for identifying resolutions for victims of domestic violence or gender-based violence. We are fast paced dynamic and leading advocacy service working to highlight and challenge all forms of #GBV against #BME women. Deadline 3rd November. For more info https://sbsisters.uk/ig-Vac #GenderBasedViolence #HumanRights #WomensRights #PragnaPatel #StrategicLitigation #Campaigning #DomesticViolence #Advocacy #IDVA #NoOneLeftBehind #TransnationalMarriageAbandonment #Policing #TransnationalViolenceAgainstWomen #Immigration #LegalAidCuts #GenderSegregation #ProtectionForAll #DomesticAbuseBill #HostileEnvironment #MigrantWomen #EveryWomenCounts #DomesticAbuse #ForcedMarriage #Legislation #Policy #Litigation #SouthallBlackSisters

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