Against violence and abuse

Election pledges: Billions more for military, not for our needs

By winvisibleblog | 26 June 2024 | 0 Comments

Our quote from The Big Issue (19 June): “Labour and Tory alike pledge billions more for military spending and nuclear submarines, but don’t prioritise funding for independent living and support for mothers and children to keep families together in the community.” Our full comment was, “. . . Instead there is massive spending to businesses in the privatised children’s home industry. “The Tories and Labour both plan huge welfare cuts and harsher work conditions for benefit, which hit women harder.  Labour claim: ‘for women especially, work is freedom’, but those of us who are caring for … Read more

Event Mon 11 Dec: End torture of disabled people in residential ‘care’ settings

By winvisibleblog | 07 December 2023 | 0 Comments
Image for meeting End Torture of disabled people in residential 'care' settings. A Black woman is speaking into a megaphone standing next to Big Ben, Parliament.

Meeting in Parliament Monday 11 December, 3-5pm Grimond Room, Portcullis House, SW1A 2JH (allow extra time for security check) Westminster tube The Disabled Mothers’ Rights Campaign (DMRC) / WinVisible and other disability rights organisations are speaking at this meeting by the Alliance for Inclusive Education, Disabled People Against Cuts and Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance.   The End Torture campaign came out of the Hesley Group scandal in Doncaster, where the council was paying £250,000 per young person for residential “special school” placements where they were systematically abused. DMRC and the Support Not Separation coalition, which we … Read more

Reclaim the Night Brighton — our support message

By winvisibleblog | 10 November 2023 | 0 Comments

Reclaim the Night Brighton is marching tonight. 6pm Friday 10th November 2023, meeting at Brighton rail station. Protesting against street harassment & rape culture. Trans & sex worker inclusive. Our support message: Hello from WinVisible, women with visible & invisible disabilities – we are with you in spirit at Reclaim the Night Brighton, and taking part on social media.  As grassroots, multi-racial immigrant and UK-born women together, some of us lgbtqi+, we know that disabled women, and those of us of colour, frequently encounter assault and abuse in the street.  Many women tell of being … Read more

RMT joint letter to Transport Focus and London Travelwatch

By winvisibleblog | 20 July 2023 | 0 Comments

19 July 2023 from RMT Press Office Rail union, RMT has written a joint letter to Transport Focus and London Travelwatch opposing ticket office closure plans. Alongside the Equality Trust, End Violence Against Women, Disability Rights UK, DPAC, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, Inclusion London, National Pensioners Convention, WinVisible and Transport for All, the letter states:   We are writing to you to object to the proposed closure of nearly 1000 ticket offices at Avanti West Coast, C2C, Chiltern, East Midlands Railway, Greater Anglia, GTR (Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern), Great Western Railway, LNER, Southeastern, … Read more

Protest against state-sanctioned forced adoptions

By winvisibleblog | 12 March 2023 | 2 Comments
people stand in front of building with a long red banner with Support not Separation Stop snatching children from mums on it and above it an orange banner with Disabled Mothers' Rights Campaign to have & keep our kidspaign & nans on it

Shared from the Canary 1 March 2023 — part one of three reports by Steve Topple — thank you! A protest just highlighted how adoption is the state-sanctioned, forcible removal of children from marginalised women This is the first in a three-part series looking at adoption in the UK, focusing on marginalised mothers and caregivers.  The state’s adoption of children has effectively become an industry in recent years. However, not all mothers and caregivers are subject to social services taking their children from them. This is because the state is disproportionately targeting women the system marginalises … Read more

Safe Care at Home review: our statement

By winvisibleblog | 22 September 2022 | 0 Comments

The underlying reason why abuse happens at home is the lack of proper financial recognition of caring work for both unwaged carers, family and friends, and low-paid carers who are themselves exploited; and because those of us who need care, disabled women especially, are deprived of income and resources and so have lower status.

Anti-war women cheered by supporters at court

By winvisibleblog | 02 April 2022 | 2 Comments

Despite cold weather, there was a big turnout early yesterday at Liverpool magistrates’ court to support Sue Ferguson and Ruth Knox, who were charged after a “spray paint incident” against the Arms Fair held last year. Supporters from many organisations cheered the two women as they arrived at court. They included Cllr Alan Gibbons (one of seven suspended Labour councillors who opposed Liverpool City Council’s cuts budget a few weeks ago), and writer/actor Tayo Aluko. The Liverpool Echo reports: Ferguson and Knox, representing themselves in court, said they didn’t dispute the case against them but … Read more

Women protesters vs Arms Fair are innocent

By winvisibleblog | 31 March 2022 | 1 Comment

Sue Ferguson and Ruth Knox Women protesters against Arms Fair in Liverpool are innocent Drop the charges now! WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilities) and Payday men’s network (Refusing to Kill) send our heartfelt support to Sue Ferguson and Ruth Knox, who are up in court tomorrow, Friday 1 April, following a paint spraying incident against the Arms Fair in Liverpool last year — part of protests that had wide support, see video. We are with you in spirit, and with supporters, who are gathering outside with banners and inside the court: Friday 1 … Read more

Speaking out against violence

By winvisibleblog | 05 February 2022 | 0 Comments

On Saturday 29 January, WinVisible took part in Waltham Forest Reclaim the Night, organised by Waltham Forest Women’s Network. At the rally in Walthamstow Town Square, Ariane Sacco from WinVisible spoke against violence against disabled women and girls. Here is her speech on video: Women and children marched from Leyton and Walthamstow to Walthamstow Town Square. We all chanted, “Safe streets — now!” Video clip of the march here.

Sat 29 Jan: WinVisible @ Reclaim the Night Waltham Forest

By winvisibleblog | 26 January 2022 | 0 Comments

This Saturday 26 January, we’re joining the Reclaim the Night marches organised by Waltham Forest Women’s Network. The marches will meet at Walthamstow Town Square, where we’re speaking at the rally which begins 6pm until 7pm. Among other speakers, Ariane Sacco from WinVisible will speak about violence against disabled women and girls, how we are more at risk of attack and domestic violence, the discrimination we face from the police, as well as courts, asylum system, agencies and services, and what we need to make us safer. All that self-identify as women are welcome on the … Read more