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Respect women's conference voices

Issue No. 2041

Sabia Kamali

Sabia Kamali

“Ten years ago we all had high hopes and aspirations for the Labour government. But the Labour Party has let us all down, especially the British Muslim community and especially Muslim women.

“When we elected Labour we wanted a reversal of the intimidatory anti-union laws which destroy the chance of working people to be represented and protected from large, greedy corporations which depend on the exploitation of the working class to make a profit.

“Respect is based on firm principles of justice and fairness for all – on principles of anti-racism and anti-discrimination not just in words but in practice.”

Sabia Kamali, Newham Respect

“This is the first time I have been to a political meeting like this. I am interested in issues affecting Asian women. I am also interested to hear other women’s views.

“I spent a lot of my life looking after my children. I used to work before I had children. Now I find it is difficult to get back into work – there is a lot of prejudice against women of my age. It is very hard to have children and to work.”

Mumtaz Mangera

“Many women face extremely low pensions. One reason for this is that women were generally paid a lot less when they were working.

“But the pensions system is totally inadequate for anyone on a low income and the state pension has not kept up with earnings. A lot of women on pensions are also carers – they care for young people or for other older people.”

Robyn Dasey, National Pensioners’ Convention

“There is a new generation of women getting involved in the Stop the War movement and in opposing Labour’s policies.

“New Labour’s attacks on the welfare state affect women the most. It is important to involve young people in politics and in Respect as we are all fighting for a better future.”

Siobhan Brown, Respect candidate for Vice President Further Education, National Union of Students

Robyn Dasey

Robyn Dasey

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Sat 10 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2041
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