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Local authorities in London are about to make massive cuts to funding for the voluntary sector.  As a result the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation could lose more than £60,000 in funding over the next two years – funding that we desperately need in order to help women at risk of forced marriage, honour killing and female genital mutilation.  Other projects under the axe include a child abuse helpline, support to enable women to escape domestic violence, assistance for the elderly, the homeless and for destitute asylum seekers, legal advice for people facing discrimination in the workplace and even rape crisis centres. 

Many of these projects were due to run until the end of 2012 but London Councils – the body which disburses grants on behalf of the boroughs – is now saying that contracts could end as early as March next year, leaving organisations with no time to find new funding.

On 25 November representatives from each borough are meeting to decide which projects to shelve.  One week before this, on Thursday 18 November, IKWRO and other organisations are holding a phone-in.  If you live in London you can take part by telephoning your local representative at London Councils. 

Our message to London Councils is that we want them to protect our grants until the end of the original contracts, instead of cutting them in March.  This will give all of us the time to look for other funding so our services don’t have to close down.

We’ve put together a handy action guide to help you get started.  The guide tells you how to get in touch with your London Councils representative and will take you through the phone-in step by step. 

Even if you don’t live in London or can’t take part in the phone-in you can still support the campaign by signing our online petition.  Please add your signature today and make sure to share the petition with all your friends and family too.

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