Sandra McNeill – Individual Award Winner – 2009

From the mid-1970s Sandra has been involved in ground-breaking campaigns and direct action, often initiated by Sandra herself. She has raised the profile of all the causes she takes up, through writing and speaking, inspired others to action, and worked tirelessly, not just for women as a whole, but also individual women.

Sandra McNeill was a founder member of Justice for Women and is still an active member after 19 years. For example she has spent weekends visiting imprisoned women accused of murdering their violent male partners. Other notable successes include the change in law to make rape in marriage a crime; her directorship of the high-profile Leeds Zero Tolerance campaign, and training of thousands of front-line health staff; and recently, her persuading Rotherham Council to give benefits to women with no recourse to public funds who leave, or wish to leave, their violent husband/partner.

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