International Women’s Conference
Sat 14 & Sun 15 November, 9am-5pm
|WAC Arts Hampstead Old Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP (near Belsize Park tube, Northern Line)|
|On 14/15 November, the Global Women’s Strike is hosting an amazing range of international and UK speakers at the international women’s conference: ‘Caring, Survival and Justice vs. The Tyranny of the Market’.
Featuring on disability, welfare and carer rights, independent living and NHS activism:
|NICOLE ALS – Nicole was married and a drama practitioner when she got pregnant. At the time of the birth she had a Sickle Cell crisis and ended up in a coma. Glad to be alive, she faced homelessness, the threat of having her baby taken away, and then being rehoused away from her support network. Despite all the obstacles, Nicole loves being a mum: “It’s the best job in the world!”|
|DAME PHILIPPA RUSSELL DBE – former Chair of the Government’s Standing Commission on Carers. Philippa is the mother of a son with a learning disability and has worked for respect for those who need care, and independent living. Her contribution to raising the profile of carers of all ages, including young carers, cannot be overestimated.|
|GILL THOMPSON – campaigner for justice against benefit sanctions. Her petition calling for a full independent inquiry into the sanctions regime that killed her brother, David Clapson, gained 211,819 supporters. David was diabetic, starving and had no electricity when he died. He had cared for their mother for many years. Gill is a mother and supports other bereaved relatives and welfare campaigns.|
|Dr LOUISE IRVINE – GP, mother of two and chair of the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign founded in October 2012, which defeated the government in court with a ruling that the Health Secretary had acted outside his powers when he announced casualty and maternity units would be downgraded. Louise helped to secure the British Medical Association policy opposing the Work Capability Assessment and Atos.|
|Though they are not be able to travel to speak, we would also like to acknowledge:
KEVIN CAULFIELD and DEBBIE DOMB — Hammersmith & Fulham Coalition Against Cuts (HAFCAC). They led a successful eight-year campaign for abolition of local Council charges for homecare. These charges are often paid from disability benefits, impoverishing disabled and older people. Their hard-won victory brought in free homecare in Hammersmith & Fulham from April 2015, and kept the Independent Living Fund money ring-fenced until 2018. This breaks with the market approach to people who need care services, and is an example for all of us.