#12Women #blackinDA  HOPE meets activism: Celebrating 12 black and minority ethnic professionals tackling domestic abuse.

Project Launched 22.6.2020

  • Art project that raises awareness of and celebrates black, Asian and minority ethnic women working in the domestic abuse sector
  • National platform where professionals and survivors discuss the impact of domestic abuse in minority ethnic communities 
  • Raise funds for charities supporting black, Asian & minority ethnic victim

The huge rise in domestic abuse reports during COVID-19 lockdown, and the implementation of subsequent social distancing measures, added to the [already enormous] strain on specialist support services. We have seen this effect Women children and Men. Facing this challenge head-on, the black & minority communities domestic abuse sector started a regular national Zoom meeting to focus on solutions.

Organised and hosted by Meena Kumari, of H.O.P.E Training & Consultancy, the meetings bring together domestic abuse professionals, survivors and activists from all over the UK to discuss the impact of domestic abuse on people from black and minority ethnic communities. The meetings quickly took off – from 30-40 sign-ups in the first month, to over 160 more recently. David Lammy MP, Nicole Jacobs (Domestic Abuse Commissioner), Professor Aisha Gill CBE, Nazir Afzal OBE, Baroness Sandip Verma and other high-profile figures have joined grassroots organisations, activists, academics and practitioners, focused on measures support victims, particularly during lockdown.

Inspired by the women present at these meetings, Meena teamed up with artist and University of Central Lancashire Psychology graduate, Daisy Meredith, to create the #blackinDA #12Women digital art project.  Speaking about the project, Meena said “#12Women is about raising the voices of inspirational agents of change. It is a celebration of the black & minority ethnic women who have come together at these meetings to share their professional and personal experiences to help create a better, brighter future for victims.”  Hibo Wardere who participated in this project said "As a survivor of FGM myself this project was so key and important to be involved in thank you to all the women that were involved"

If you would like to use any or all of the #12Women digital art project images for publicity campaigns, website material, or on social media, please make a donation by getting in touch with the women via clicking on the pictures below .