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Cessation of silence: it’s time to talk

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a subject that affects us all. On Saturday, 11 March, an event will be held in Islington to raise awareness of VAWG and to explore what can be done to oppose it and to help survivors.

Everyone is welcome to attend Cessation of Silence at LIFT, White Lion Street, London N1 7PW from 10am – noon. Entry is free; refreshments will be provided.


The event – which combines talks, music, and a Q&A session – has been organised by Islington South & Finsbury Women’s Forum in recognition of International Women’s Day.


Speakers include Mary Mason of Solace Women’s Aid; Estelle du Boulay, Director of Rights of Women, which provides free, confidential legal advice; and Feride Kumbaser of Samira, an outreach project concerned with violence against BAMER (Black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee) women and girls. Catherine Briody, Islington Council’s Victim and Offender Services Manager, will explain the council’s strategy to deal with VAWG.


Throughout the morning, there will be a series of short sound and audiovisual works, composed by women. Curated by the sound artist, JoThomas, they deal specifically with violence against women through the cessation of silence.


We look forward to seeing you at 10am on 11 March. Please email ISWForum@outlook.com to let us know if you are able to come.


Henrietta Heald, Barnsbury ward

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