Looking back at #16days
Today is Human Rights Day and marks the end of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence – a global movement raising awareness of violence against women and girls across the world. It’s the first time that Pause has taken part in an awareness campaign like this and we took the decision to be involved because we know that the vast majority of the women who work with Pause, and their children, have experienced violence either as a child, in their family, or in their relationships.
When I look back over the last #16days on the @PauseOrg Twitter feed I am struck by several things. The first is how many different, creative, and powerful ways women are finding to share their experiences. Whether through art, writing, films, craft or cooking, women across the Pause network are finding ways to reflect on their experiences, express themselves and begin to make some sense of them. I’m really proud of how much women are willing to give of themselves and how brave they are as they reflect on and work through their past and often painful experiences with us. The second is that, to make a real difference, we must work in partnership with other people. We have shared resources, campaigns and information from a wider range of organisations over the last 16 days – Rights of Women, Women’s Aid, Shelter, Surviving Economic Abuse and Open Clasp Theatre to name a few.
Most of all, I have been struck by a sense of power. It is the power of women’s voices that has come through so strongly and I know will continue to inspire and influence us to do more. The more that we support women to amplify their voices, the more I hope people will understand and the more people will think about what should, and could, change.
And what about the next 16 days? And the 16 after that? For Pause, our work doesn’t stop – we’ll continue to support women with what they need, day in day out and continue to speak up and support them to speak up, against the violence they have experienced.
Jules Hillier, Chief Executive, Pause
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