This week is International Women’s Week and Friday marks the 102nd International Women’s Day, where once again people from around the world will celebrate female success and achievement.
International Women’s Day will call for action to end violence against women that both men and women across the globe must do more to address. We must all be part of the solution to this heinous human rights violation and barrier to tackling global challenges such as extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and conflict.
Here in the UK, the Coalition Government has provided nearly £40 million of ring-fenced funding for specialist domestic and sexual violence services, and national helplines. They have also invested in changing attitudes and behaviours and are reforming legislation by introducing two new stalking offences to better protect victims and better support the police and prosecutors who bring about justice.
However more still needs to be done and March 8th provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the achievements of women and to highlight the needs and concerns of women.
In Croydon, the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Forum (DASV) will be celebrating International Women’s Day on Friday at the CVA Resource Centre, London Road, CR0 2TB, 12pm-5pm with an empowering event attracting local women as well as professionals working with them.
The event will offer a range of informative stalls from statutory and voluntary sector agencies providing information about local services for women, inspirational speakers, music and more.
To confirm your attendance please register your place with: firstname.lastname@example.org