Sisters Uncut

Taking direct action for domestic violence services.

Safer Spaces Policy

Sisters Uncut aims to create a respectful, compassionate and kind space where people feel able to express their views and ask questions without fear of reprisal or humiliation.

When you speak, please be mindful that some sisters are survivors of domestic violence. If you need to leave the room at any point, please feel free to do so without apology or explanation.

Our meetings should be inclusive and supportive spaces for all women (trans, intersex and cis) and all nonbinary, agender and gender variant people. Self-definition is at the sole discretion of that individual. We do not police gender in our spaces. If you are here it is because you feel that you are included by our gender inclusion policy, and therefore you are welcome. Our meetings and spaces are not open to people who identify solely or primarily as men. If you have any queries regarding our gender inclusion policy, please don’t hesitate to ask questions.

Sisters Uncut is made up of a diverse group of women and some of us experience many different kinds of oppression at the same time, such as; sexism, racism, transphobia, transmisogyny, ableism, classism and homophobia as well as others. These oppressions are not separate from each other. They intersect with each other, which can be frustrating, exhausting and painful.

We all need to be aware of our privileges, which also include less obvious and sometimes invisible hierarchies that can affect the whole group.

Given how diverse we are as a group, as sisters we recognise that there will be times when the group or individuals use their privilege to oppress sisters based on their identity, as this society has raised us to do. This may happen knowingly or unknowingly.

As much as we would like to avoid this, we acknowledge that escaping this isn’t currently possible. All sisters should feel encouraged and able to call out supremacy when they see it or feel it towards themselves or others.

If you are called out as having behaved oppressively towards another sister/s, please listen carefully to what they are saying. You may not be able to take away what has happened, but reacting well when called out is often a massive step towards healing and remedying what you have done to hurt someone. Even if you think they may be wrong in this instance, understanding why someone is hurt is more important than absolving yourself of having been oppressive.

As individuals and as a group we are committed to supporting each other through this. As a group it is our responsibility to respond to oppression together, even if only one person has acted oppressively. If you are someone with relative privilege, you should try hard to take practical responsibility for responding to oppression within the group – even if you are not the person who has acted oppressively. How we do this, as individuals or as a group should be led by those who are feeling oppressed.

As sisters, we recognise that this document is a guideline and we will be flexible and dynamic when our sisters need support. We will not wait for issues of oppression to arise but will actively work hard to understand each other through building relationships outside of traditional meeting structures. It is through this that we intend to organise intersectionally.

It is also important that the Sisters Uncut meetings are a place where we all feel we can speak safely and securely. In the process of organising direct actions or referring to past actions, please refrain from using the names of those who may have been directly involved in planning, or may be in the future. Smaller groups will be formed to plan details for direct actions when necessary. Even if you may feel comfortable speaking openly about your own actions – please consider how your disclosure may subsequently affect other people within the group. When in doubt, try speaking broadly rather than making specific references to details (locations, times, names etc).

When we come together to organise in a respectful and considerate way, we are creating the change we want to see in the world.