Women and girls against Tommy Robinson

Posted May 10, 2019 by
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OPEN LETTER, FROM WOMEN AND WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS RE ‘TOMMY ROBINSON’ & HIS EURO ELECTION CANDIDACY

Our CEO is a proud signatory on this open letter coordinated by End Violence Against Women Coalition 

(Women are still able to add their names to the list of signatories, if you wish to do so please to get in touch with EVAW – admin@evaw.org.uk)

The letter reads:

Dear Media Editors, Community Leaders, MPs, Activists, Friends,

‘Tommy Robinson’, a man convicted of assault, rioting and fraud, a thug with a long history of making racist statements, has made a career out of causing trouble and division. He is now standing as an MEP candidate in the North West.

Tommy Robinson has made claims that, if elected, he will offer his salary to the child victims of what he terms ‘Muslim rape gangs’. We, as organisations and individuals fighting tirelessly against the abuse of women and girls, as survivors of abuse and their families, and as people who care about our communities, do not want your money, Tommy.

We are calling on the people of the North West to reject Tommy Robinson’s hatred, to register to vote, and to turn out against him in the upcoming European Elections. He has no place as our elected representative.

Those who have suffered sexual and physical abuse were failed by those who should have protected them. But Tommy Robinson is no ally for the children he claims to stand up for. Tommy doesn’t care about the rights of women and girls – he is exploiting the pain of survivors and their families to fuel racist hate for his own gain. He is a misogynist and has recklessly put victims at risk for his own moment of media spotlight.

Tommy Robinson’s factually incorrect messages about ‘grooming’, and his attempt to portray himself as a champion of the cause, are an insult to survivors of abuse.

They are also a profound insult to the women who have spent their whole lives building support services for survivors and working to ensure some cases finally got to court. Where were you during that work Tommy Robinson? The far right were never any part of this work.

We do not want a convicted thug and racist who does not truly care about abuse survivors on our ballot papers and we reject you Tommy Robinson.

 

In solidarity,

 

Sarah Green & Rachel Krys, Co-Directors, End Violence Against Women Coalition

 

Gurpreet Virdee, Co-Director, Women and Girls Network

 

Stella Dadzie, British Educationalist, activist, written and historian

 

Shonagh Dillon, Founder and CEO, Aurora New Dawn

 

Pragna Patel, Director, Southall Black Sisters

 

Mary-Ann Stephenson, Director, The Women’s Budget Group

 

Maggie Parks OBE, Chief Executive, The Women’s Centre Cornwall

 

Diana Nammi, Executive Director, Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation

 

Amna Abdul- Children and Young People’s Lead, National Women’s Aid

 

Women’s March London

 

Akeela Ahmed MBE, founder, She Speaks We Hear

 

Aisha Ali-Khan, founder, Women United

 

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Lawyer and founder, Women in Leadership publication

 

Rachel Krengel, Intersectional Feminist Activist

 

Carys Afoko, founder, Level Up

 

Harriet Wistrich, Director, Centre for Women’s Justice

 

Marai Larasi MBE, Executive Director, Imkaan

 

Baljit Banga, Director, London Black Women’s Project

 

Christine McNaught, CEO, FWT Centre for women

 

Naana Otoo-Oyortey, Executive Director, FORWARD

 

Yvonne Traynor, CEO, Rape Crisis South London / Surrey & Sussex

 

Dr Miranda Horvath, Middlesex University.

 

Natasha Walter, Feminist Activist and Author – Living Dolls

 

Gemma Snowball, DHR & Team Development Manager, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence

 

Rebecca Vagi, Housing Manager, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence

 

Miranda Pio, Programme Manager and Policy Lead, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence

 

Professor Aisha K. Gill, Professor of Criminology & Co-Chair of EVAW

 

Aisha Graham-Sharif-, Intersectional Feminist Activist

 

Philomina Azu, Intersectional feminist activist
Forida Khatoun, Equalities Campaigner

 

Shazia Shamim, Equalities Campaigner

 

Monsura Mahmoud, Equalities Campaigner

 

Shaista Aziz, Cllr Rose Hill and Iffley, Oxford

 

Professor Marianne Hester, University of Bristol

 

Professor Liz Kelly CBE, London Metropolitan University

 

Yasmin Rehman, Human Rights Activist

 

Dr Fiona Vera-Grey, School of Law, Durham University

 

Jo Todd, CEO, RESPECT

 

Sara Kirkpatrick, RESPECT

 

Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm, Author and Domestic Abuse Specialist

 

Rachel Adamson, Director, Zero Tolerance

 

RMT Women’s Advisory Group

 

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