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Newham Council backs 16 days of activism against domestic violence

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 November 2017

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales, chief executive Kim Bromley-Derry, councillors and conversation cafe ambassadors make a pledge against domestic violence Picture: Andrew Baker

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales, chief executive Kim Bromley-Derry, councillors and conversation cafe ambassadors make a pledge against domestic violence Picture: Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

Make a stand against domestic violence.

That’s the call from Newham Council, which has pledged its support for the United Nation’s 16 days of activism to raise awareness of the issue.

The campaign begins on Saturday, November 25 - the international day for elimination of violence against women - and finishes on Sunday, December 10, which is human rights day.

Throughout the 16 day period, the council will be hosting free events in partnership with community groups to promote the support available to those affected by domestic and sexual violence.

This year’s theme, ‘orange the world’, encourages people to wear orange as they make a pledge to stand against domestic violence.

Cllr Lakmini Shah, cabinet member for domestic violence, said: “There is absolutely no place for any kind of violence against women or girls. We will raise awareness and continue reinforcing the message that no-one needs to put up with it, wherever it happens.

“I am delighted that again Newham is backing the UN’s 16 days of activism and I would urge all our residents to follow our lead and support anyone who may be suffering.”

Sir Robin Wales, the mayor of Newham, added: “Domestic or sexual violence are completely unacceptable and the only way to rid society of it is by challenging and changing perceptions. I am proud that here in Newham we are playing our part, not just through the support services we commission but also by holding a range of events to raise awareness of the issue.”

East Ham Town Hall is hosting a special advice and information event between 9am and 1.30pm on Tuesday, November 28, where survivors of domestic violence will be sharing their stories.

Other events include workshops about healthy relationships, raising children and how to raise concerns about a potentially vulnerable people.

It will culminate with a candle lit vigil at Theatre Square, Stratford, between 4pm and 6pm on Monday, December 11.

For more information about the events, visit newham.gov.uk/conversationcafe


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