ActionAid’s #Fearless tour comes to Manchester!

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ActionAid’s Fearless campaign gathers pace as their speaker tour comes to a town near YOU (if you live near to any of the towns they’re going to that is…)

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After speaking at ActionAid’s Liverpool event in the Quaker Meeting House in September I’ve been asked to come along and talk about violence against women and girls in the UK again at another North West part of the tour, this time we’re in Manchester!

The tour, coming to Manchester this Sunday 18th October, is part of the charity’s Fearless campaign which aims to end violence against women and girls worldwide.

Globally, one in three women will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. ActionAid UK is calling on the public to stand with women and girls to end violence and urging people in Manchester, and across the UK, to join the campaign.

Last month, women’s rights activists from Kenya and Egypt visited the UK as part of the Fearless campaign. They spoke publicly about their experiences in challenging violence against women. The Fearless Women Tour will bring women’s rights activists from overseas to the UK once again – this time to meet with local communities across the UK.

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Sunday’s event will be an opportunity for the public to find out the next steps on the Fearless campaign and hear directly from women’s rights activists from overseas.

At ActionAid’s Liverpool event I was lucky enough to meet the team behind the Fearless campaign who have been working tirelessly to promote news of the UN summit which took place on 30th September in New York. Before the summit, the campaign hosted a petition to get our Prime Minister David Cameron to push for a target on ending violence; to put proper resources behind it, and to make sure women’s organisations are involved from the start. The aim is to end violence against women and girls by the year 2030.

Caroline Jones, Women’s Rights Campaigner at ActionAid UK and present at Liverpool event said that, “sadly, violence against women and girls remains a daily reality everywhere in the world. Women and girls face the possibility of violence in the home, on the street, at school and at work every day – this cannot continue.” And it is this unflinching view of violence against women and girls as unacceptable, untenable and unable to continue that is why ActionAid’s campaign is gathering such speed and strength as it travels around the UK.

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Caroline continued to say that, “across the world women are fearlessly standing up and speaking out and we must join with them. But we cannot achieve global change without local action. That’s why we are urging the public to come along to our event in Manchester and show their support.”

And that’s why you, my followers both old and new, should come to our event this Sunday, in support of ActionAid UK and of fearless women and girls all over the world.

The Manchester event will take place on Sunday 18th October 2015 at Madlab, 36-40 Edge St, Mcr M4 1HN. Starting from 6pm and finishing promptly by 8.15pm as we have trains to catch! The meeting is free and refreshments will be served at the start of the discussion. You can reserve FREE tickets on Eventbrite here or alternatively go to the Fearless webpage to find out more.

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