An open letter to Cameron, Clegg, May and Featherstone

// 4 April 2011

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Via email from Sian Norris:

I am writing to ask you, as feminists living in the UK, to sign a letter I am writing to Cameron, Clegg, May and Featherstone, regarding the funding cuts to domestic violence support service providers, and the post to combat female genital mutilation. I believe we cannot stand by as the government cut money that saves the lives of women, and provides help and support to some of the most vulnerable women in the country. Therefore I am writing to tell the government about what these cuts mean, and why they cannot happen. And I am asking the leaders to stand by Theresa May’s pledge of ‘actions, not words’ with a promise to donate to the leading charities themselves.

However, I am just one woman, one voice. We need many voices to show the government that they must not do this. So I am asking if you will sign the letter I have written in support of the statement we are making against these cuts. One woman can be ignored. A lot of us are harder to ignore.

Please email me your name if you would like to sign the letter, or leave a comment on my blog with your name, and I will add you to what will hopefully be a very long list of names.

And please spread it around your networks where you can, and encourage other women and men to sign up.

In sisterhood,


Sian has written more on her blog sian and crooked rib (trigger warning)


Edited to add: You can leave your name in comments on Sian’s blog, or email her at or contact her on Twitter

Comments From You

Becky Eliot // Posted 4 April 2011 at 5:47 pm

I’d love to add my name but am unable to comment at the blog and can’t find an email address.

Helen G // Posted 5 April 2011 at 9:21 am

Becky: You can email Sian at or contact her on Twitter

sianushka // Posted 12 April 2011 at 10:47 am

Hi, just to let you know that the letters have been sent now and so the email address above has been closed.

Thanks for everyone’s support – will keep you all updated!


Helen G // Posted 12 April 2011 at 11:35 am

Thanks Sian!

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