Wednesday 8th March is International Women's Day and the Norfolk WI are organising an event at the cathedral called Breaking The Silence. It’s part of their project Women Reaching Women and the aim is to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide.
Women Reaching Women was formed by the WI to increase their international work on women’s rights. It was part of a successful National Federation campaign from 2008 to 2011 and continues to flourish in Norfolk.
On Wednesday there will be a coffee morning in the Norwich Cathedral from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. It is free to attend and open to the public, not just WI members. Aneeta Prem is the keynote speaker and her talk will relate to one of this year’s proposed resolutions, more awareness and action to prevent FGM. She is the founder of Freedom Charity, who aim to raise awareness and prevent child abuse, especially forced marriage and FGM affecting girls in the UK.
There will be an opportunity to meet a range of organisations who work with women across Norfolk and globally, with a common aim to build women’s confidence and stop domestic abuse and violence. Make sure you look out for the Big White Ribbon that Norfolk WI members created last year. Though it will be hard to miss the ten foot high ribbon-totem! It was a community initiative led by Norwich City Council and the Norfolk WI. I and the other Swallowtails wrote several messages on ribbons to say “No To Domestic Abuse” and we’ll be looking to see if we can spot them.
It can sometimes feel like the resolutions are just a vote taken once a year but the Breaking The Silence event is a great way to get involved and support organisations close to the WI’s heart.
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