The FAN office is closing at mid-day on Thursday 21 December and will be fully open again on 11 January. If you wish to view any materials from our collections during this time you can contact Special Collections direct. Their opening hours over the Christmas break are here.
New government funding plans threaten to dismantle our life-saving national network of refuges and put the lives of women and children trying to escape domestic abuse at risk.
A Women’s Aid survey of refuge services showed that the proposed new model of funding could force over half of refuges responding to close or reduce their provision – resulting in 4000 more women and children turned away from the lifesaving services they desperately need.
Already there are not enough refuge spaces to meet demand; data from Women’s Aid shows that 60% of total referrals to refuges were declined in 2016/17. When on average two women a week are killed by a partner or ex partner across England and Wales the stakes could not be higher.
Under the new plans, rent money which would have in the past gone straight to domestic violence refuges would instead go to local authorities – effectively forcing refuges to compete for funding with other local services.
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Helen John, peace campaigner, died on 5 November 2017. She was a founder of the Greenham Women’s Peace Camp in 1981, protesting against the deployment of US cruise missiles held at the site. During the 1990s Helen set up a women’s peace camp at the US-run Menwith Hill spy base in West Yorkshire. Her direct action included blocking military bases, transports, spray painting public building and she participated in actions organised by others, such as Ploughshares and Faslane 365 against Trident. Although her actions were always non-violent, Helen was imprisoned several times. She ran for office against Tony Blair and served as CND vice-chair in the early 2000s.
A memorial meeting for Helen will be held on 10 December, 2pm at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley, West Yorkshire. Please consider coming. If you wish to contribute to the meeting by saying a few words or doing a reading, contact Magnus at email@example.com.
Helen’s collection of archive material is held at the Feminist Archive North. Please contact us if you would like access to her collection.
Helen John (left) visiting the Feminist Archive North in February 2016
The first ever Reclaim the Night march took place 40 years ago in Leeds. Today the demand that women have the right to walk safely in the streets at night is as strong as ever. This year’s march takes place on Saturday 2 December, meeting at 5.30pm in the square in front of Leeds Central Library, and will be followed by a rally at Leeds Beckett Student Union from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. All women are welcome.