Well, credit where it is due. Amnesty’s End Violence Against Women project have sent out this mail:
I’m delighted to tell you that on Friday the Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced that she would extend the current No Recourse pilot project until March 2011. This enables women trapped in violent relationships by the ‘no recourse’ rule to access protection from which they would otherwise have been turned away.
Even better, she said that she would then be working on a permanent solution. The Home Secretary made this pledge despite the cuts climate, saying “some things are too important”. This is great news.
We will, of course, continue to try to work with the government to ensure that the project addresses some of the weaknesses in the current pilot, but this announcement is a major step forward that will give hundreds of women safety over the coming months, and beyond. Definitely something to celebrate.
To his credit John McDonnell MP tried to push this campaign too (it affected groups like Southall Black Sisters) but the last Labour government (to their shame) didn’t move on this much.
via the F Word blog
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