Magazine article New Internationalist

From Homebreakers to Jailbreakers

Magazine article New Internationalist

From Homebreakers to Jailbreakers

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by Southall Black Sisters

edited by Rahila Gupta

(Zed Press ISBN 1 84277 441 7)

Feminism is alive, well and fighting fit. Well, at least in Southall, a West London suburb. Southall Black Sisters (SBS) is an Asian feminist group which has boldly gone where few others have dared, straddling that difficult terrain where race and gender intersect. They have fought legal battles for individual women living in terror and have helped change lives.

The 'timeline' that opens this stimulating collection is impressive enough, listing a string of actions, campaigns and legal challenges mounted from 1979 through to the present day. In her foreword, the leading barrister and now baroness Helena Kennedy pays tribute to SBS for being her 'mentors'.

Written by members of the group, From Homebreakers to Jailbreakers deals cogently and passionately with a range of burning issues: fundamentalism, forced marriages, violence against women, religious schools, immigration laws, refugee women and deportation. …

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