#OrangeTheWirral - How we marked the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

This year the United Nations' Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) fell on Saturday 25th November 2017. Here's how we marked it...

On Friday 24th November we held '#OrangeTheWirralin TWW's Inspiration Hall. This event was part of a wider collective of activist events across the globe calling for an end to global gendered violence! The theme for the day was #OrangeTheWorld - calling for a brighter future without VAWG. We put our own spin on it!

The Dress Code? Simply, Orange! In keeping with the theme we asked all attendees to wear orange in solidarity with victims and survivors of violence across the world.

Here's a picture of some of our attendees below, pictured here with TWW staff members, volunteers and more!

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The event included talks from inspirational women, activities, networking with local organisations and more! We were happy to welcome Emily Spurrell, the Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner for Merseyside, and Anita Leech, Wirral Council's Champion for Zero Tolerance on Domestic Abuse, to speak at our event.

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(Emily Spurrell & Cllr Anita Leech speaking at our event)

Emily and Anita spoke with confidence and sincerity about the great work going on in our region to combat Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women, as well as the work we still need to do. Among other speakers they echoed the sentiments we hold here at Tomorrow's Women - no one should live in fear of violence. We must support all survivors. We also welcomed speakers from lots of organisations including Savera UK, Changing Lives, RASA Merseyside, Wirral Ways to Recovery, Involve NW and our very own Domestic Abuse Empowerment Advisor, Nicky Fenton!

Gendered violence is a global issue, affecting the lives of women locally too. It was great to see so many women gathered together in solidarity for survivors of violence and abuse. We are proud show our support for all victims of gendered violence. It was a great event with lots of social media interaction from local press, agneices and more. We look forward to the next one. Together, we CAN end violence against women.

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