It was a cold morning on Saturday when Coventry Women’s Voices, with support from the Warwick Anti Sexism Society, set up our cake stall in Coventry city centre.
As well as supporting the Fawcett Society’s Don’t Turn Back Time campaign we wanted to highlight the many different cuts that are affecting women in Coventry including legal aid cuts that will hit Coventry Law Centre, cuts to Coventry children’s centres and cuts to jobs and pensions for women working in Coventry.
Along with our leaflets and petitions we had a delicious selection of fairy cakes, chocolate cake, sponge cakes and biscuits to tempt passers-by.
The response from Coventry shoppers was generally good. Some went for the free cake and then stopped to sign the petition. Some were dragged over by their children who wanted cake, but then stayed to discuss how the cuts were hitting them. There was a lot of worry about what was going to happen to children’s centres locally from mums in particular. Quite a few had no interest in the cake, but felt very strongly about what the cuts were meaning to jobs and services locally
Coventry is being hit hard by the cuts. Women are losing jobs, benefits and services. And the poorest women are the hardest hit.
Thanks to everyone who came to help, made or bought cake, provided pasting tables etc. And congratulations to Fawcett for organising the London march and inspiring so much local action.