Bafta stars wear black on red carpet

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 21, 2018

While laying on the red carpet, they chanted "the DV Bill's a cover-up, Theresa May your time is up".

Activist group Sisters Uncut, which works for the survivors of domestic violence, gatecrashed the BAFTA red carpet to protest Prime Minister Theresa May's domestic violence bill.

"The police and prisons are no solution to domestic violence".

Women's rights activists walked the red carpet with some of British cinema's biggest female stars at the BAFTA film awards on Sunday, the latest salvo in a campaign against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.

In 2015, the group held a "funeral-themed" protest against the cuts to domestic violence services.

They describe themselves as a feminist group taking direct action for domestic violence services.

In the USA, similar policies to those this bill is expected to introduce have led to an increase in the number of survivors being arrested, especially black and minority ethnic and poorer survivors. As domestic violence support workers and survivors, we've seen first-hand how this brutal removal of specialist support has left survivors trapped in danger. 57% of women in prison have experienced domestic abuse, but a criminal justice system where black women are more than twice as likely to be arrested as white women is discriminatory to its core. Since then, the situation has only got worse, and we have campaigned relentlessly to push the government to take state responsibility for keeping survivors safe. This is set to worsen if the government proceeds with plans to remove housing benefit funding from refuges.

One of the protesters Ana Kaur said, "We are in solidarity with the Time's Up campaign".

'We recognise that gender-based violence happens everywhere, and that to disclose abuse requires support.

Sisters Uncut say that the Domestic Violence Bill is a risky distraction from the austerity cuts that have decimated the domestic violence sector since 2010.

Stars dressed mainly in black in a show of support for the fight against sexual harassment as The Shape of Water topped the nominations list.

Last night saw a group of protestors against domestic violence crash the BAFTAs 2018 red carpet in support of the Time's Up movement.

We need to stand together and demand an end to this now, and for us that's why we are calling Time's Up too on Theresa May's policies and her harmful domestic violence Bill.

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