Zoe Strimpel

Ealing’s ‘women-only’ tower block is regressive

Designs for a tower block in Ealing just for women – the first in Britain – have been given the thumbs up by planners. On the surface of it, the scheme, proposed by the Women’s Pioneer Housing association, which was founded in the 1920s by women’s rights campaigners, sounds rather good. It offers a permanent, refuge-style living arrangement for vulnerable and poor women,  including victims of domestic violence.

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