We at Southall Black Sisters are extremely sad to learn of the death of Denise Marshall, Chief Executive of Eaves, a feminist charity, after a short but fierce battle with inoperable cancer.
Denise did ground breaking work for women trafficked into prostitution (the Poppy Project); a peer befriending scheme for sexual violence survivors (the Amina scheme) and a London-wide training programme that educates voluntary sector personnel in assisting women out of prostitution.
SBS had the privilege of working closely with Denise on a number of campaigns. She was a fearless campaigner, a spirited critic of government cuts, returning her OBE in protest at ‘austerity’ measures, a fellow traveller, a woman with an outrageous sense of humour and a larger than life presence.
Feminist politics will be much the poorer without her. Our condolences to her family, Eaves staff, her friends and all the women whose lives she touched.
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