Assembly Members, charities and individuals celebrate 40 years of working to end violence against women in Wales

Special event, Still We Rise, sponsored by Jane Hutt AM, marks 40 years of Welsh Women’s Aid – 25 January 2018, Pierhead, Cardiff Bay, 4-6pm.

Over the last 40 years, courageous women in Wales pursuing women’s rights have set up places of safety from the relationship violence and abuse many women face. During the 1970s, grassroots women’s groups quickly established a network of independent women’s ‘refuges’ in Wales while campaigning for legal and policy changes to make the personal political, by securing women’s rights and entitlements.

In 1978 this same group of women founded ‘Welsh Women’s Aid’ to coordinate refuge provision, provide a collective voice and campaign for change. The Wales ‘ending violence against women movement’ has continued to promote women’s self-determination, organise services and support networks to meet and respond to the changing needs of women and children, whilst campaigning to prevent violence against women from happening in the first place.

Still We Rise, an event being held on 25 January 2018, 4-6pm, at Pierhead, Cardiff, will include a series of talks to celebrate the achievements of the violence against women movement in Wales