First Steps Womens Centre Dungannon

First Steps Womens Centre Dungannon

Tackling Violence against Women and Girls

According to the domestic violence charity Refuge, upwards of 450,000 women and girls experience sexual violence in the UK each year and approximately 1.4 million fall victim to domestic violence. Domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse, FGM, stalking, trafficking and other VAWG umbrella crimes, moreover cost the UK economy and public services roughly £40 billion annually.

In response, successive UK Government’s have been proactive in formulating a comprehensive strategy to end VAWG, focussing upon; prevention, provision of services, working in partnership, better justice outcomes and risk reduction. In March 2016 the ‘Ending violence against women and girls strategy: 2016-2020’, was published, aiming to transform the delivery of VAWG services, improve prevention and early intervention, and ensure VAWG is recognised as ‘everyone’s business. Tackling VAWG has remained a clear priority for all major political parties, with both Labour and the Conservatives outlining a number of commitments during the 2017 General Election. These included additional funding, new victim support structures, and the proposed introduction of an independent Commissioner to represent abuse survivors and scrutinise policy and spending.

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Dame Helen Mirren on Sisterhood

Last week I asked what sisterhood means to you. The incredible Dame Helen Mirren, our Patron, said:

“Sisterhood in the larger sense is helping other women, as far as one is able to. Sisterhood is the sense of community, with women you don’t know but with whom you share an enormous bond.” 

The bond of sisterhood can bring about powerful change - together we have the power to create the change we want to see in the world. 

Our new short film, starring Dame Helen Mirren, celebrates this inspiring power of sisterhood. 

Let your sisters know that together we can change the world. Watch and share our new film today!  

Whether family, friends, or people you have never met, this is an opportunity to celebrate your sisters.  

Thank you for passing on the power of sisterhood. 

What does Sisterhood mean to you?

What does sisterhood mean to you? We asked women around the world and their answers are surprisingly similar.  

Reem, a Syrian refugee in our programme in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq told us:
“Sisterhood is a balm for the soul and a medicine for the wounds I have received. We rejoice together, we exchange secrets and celebrate together.”

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You can change a woman's life today!

Women for Women International

I wanted to share with you an experience from my visit to Women for Women International in Rwanda last week, where I had the opportunity to meet my sister Brigitte. I call Brigitte my sister because I am sponsoring her to participate in our year-long training programme.

Last Thursday, we drove from the Rwandan capital Kigali for over 4 hours to reach Nyaruguru, in the far south of Rwanda. There are currently 500 women participating in the Women for Women International programme in this area and one of them happens to be my sister, Brigitte! 

Brigitte has already had such a tough life and she is only nineteen. 

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Educate girls and you educate generations

UNHCR knows that women with a secondary education are more likely to ensure that their own children go to school. If you educate girls, you educate generations. Read about the impressive work of UNHCR and consider whether a humanitarian career could be the next move for you.

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World Refugee Day, stand in solidarity with women survivors of war

Women for Women International

Today is World Refugee Day. Stand in solidarity with women survivors of war.

Fear. Uncertainty. Dread. Safety. Hope.

From not having a roof over your head, to fearing for the lives of your children, to leaving your home with nothing but the clothes on your back – for refugees, the journey from crisis to stability is a long one.

According to the United Nations, there are 65 million displaced people in the world. This is the equivalent to the population of the United Kingdom.

Can you imagine your life changing overnight? We work with women like Kabira, whose life was ripped apart when she fled from the conflict in Syria, before finding refuge in Erbil, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

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Luncheon in New York 

“Women’s rights is the unfinished business of the 21st century," said Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, who sat down with CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, at our annual Luncheon in New York earlier this month. Learn more

Ann's Share Lunch

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