Lambeth Women’s Project is a volunteer run community organisation which has been supporting women in Lambeth from the building at 166a Stockwell Road since 1979. It’s future is now under threat.
In 2010 management of 166a was handed over to neighbouring Stockwell Primary School who refurbished the building and a five year agreement was agreed for shared usage of the space between the school and the project. On 31st May, on the eve of the Jubilee Bank Holiday and only two years into this lease the school informed the project that they had two weeks to pack up their belongings and leave.
The school later agreed to consider independent mediation with the project but on Monday 18th June, with no prior warning, a new lock was added to the building and women were locked inside. The school called the police but were told they must give Lambeth Women’s Project access and keys to all locks.
LWP are seeking legal advice and are clear that they are being unjustly treated and that their eviction will compromise the already hard hit services offered to women in Lambeth. At the moment women are staying in the building at all times.
Find out how to help here:
Campaign Blog: http://savelambethwomensproject.wordpress.com
Sign the online petition here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/lambethwomen/
A message of support from Feminist Fightback:
Dear Lambeth Women’s Project
We are writing to give you are solidarity in your struggle against eviction.
We are all aware of what is stake in such an incredibly important and invaluable space for women and girls in south London is lost.
Over the years many of us have come to Lambeth Women’s Project for feminist meetings and events and we hope this will continue for many more years ot come.
Your struggle so far has been inspiring. Members of our collective are following developments and will do what we can to support you in your crucial fight to save the centre.
Do let us know what we can do. We’ll continue to send updates on our list and support your demonstrations.
In solidarity and sisterhood,