#12Women #25Women #blackinDA HOPE meets activism: Celebrating black and minority ethnic professionals tackling domestic abuse/sexual violence.
#12 Women Project Launched 22.6.2020
#25Women Project Launched 3.8.2020
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 Asian 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 Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu 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 #25Women digital art project. Speaking about the project, Meena said “#12Women & #25Women 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.”
If you would like to use any or all of the #12Women or #25Women 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 . All the Women involved have offered their images & quotes out of kindness and care.
All images below were launched on 3.8.2020