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feminist activists chant “dead women can’t vote” outside suffragette premiere

Sisters Uncut prove the suffragette movement is still alive as they took to the red carpet to protest domestic violence cuts.

by Felicity Kinsella
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08 October 2015, 3:25pm

Over 100 activists stormed the premiere of Suffragette in London last night. Letting off green and purple smoke bombs, holding plaques that read "Two women killed every week" and "Dead women can't vote", and chanting "We are suffragettes, domestic violence cuts kill," the activists of Sisters Uncut, who campaign against domestic violence, stole centre stage.

They were protesting cuts to life-saving support services for victims of domestic abuse. One protestor, Latifa, told the Guardian: "The struggle for women's liberation isn't over. At a time when two women a week are killed by violent men in the UK, we need to keep fighting because dead women can't vote. This in the context of austerity. Access for women to social housing, benefits and legal aid have all been reduced and women are dying."

Helena Bonham Carter and Romala Garai gave interviews around members of Sisters Uncut as they jumped the barriers and lay down on the red carpet. In an interview with Sky News at the premier, Bonham Carter said:"I'm glad our film has done something. That's exactly what it's there for." Carey Mulligan, the films protagonist, said: "Hopefully this film will inspire everyone in the way they view the world. We are an unbalanced society - women and men - and films like this inspire conversations about how we can correct that imbalance."

Suffragette, which opened the London Film Festival, has recently been accused of white washing the suffrage movement at the turn of the 20th Century, when the films leads including Mulligan and Meryl Streep donned T-shirts saying "I'd rather be a rebel than a slave". Latfia contibued to the Guardian saying: "It's timely because the cast of the film is entirely white and they are running with this slogan, 'I'd rather be a rebel than a slave' which implies passivity or acceptance of being a slave. But it also ignores the fact that women of colour were completely involved in the suffragette struggle. This film isn't representing them."

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