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Breaking the Silence

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Brief History of Women Reaching Women in Norfolk

Convened by Norfolk Federation Women's Institutes, a committee of women representing different community groups from across Norfolk works together on projects of mutual interest. Since 2010 this has included an event for International Women's Day on 8th March each year.

Women Reaching Women has became a well established theme in Norfolk, arising from the NFWI National project 2008-2012 and adopted by the Norfolk Coalition of Women's Groups for events in 2015 to 2017.

In response to a large number of requests from National members to increase international work and projects; in 2008 National Federation of Women's Institutes launched a 3 year international development and women’s rights project, Women Reaching Women in collaboration with Oxfam and funded by DfID.  It was a successful National Federation Women's Institutes' campaign from 2008 to 2011.

“Women reaching Women” continued to flourish in Norfolk with more organisations coming to the annual International Women's Day event and a developing partnership. Mother's Union,UEA School of International Development Studies, 4women resource centre, Norfolk County Council, Soroptimists, Neesa, Norwich Dedza.

  • 2008 & 2009: Awareness raising in National and Norfolk Federations. (funded by DfID)
  • 2010: Building Bridges IWD (International Women's Day) event at Forum, Norwich on 08.03.10. Attendance 40 WI and a few other organisations.  (funded by DfID)
  • 2011: Celebrating Success  IWD event at Forum, Norwich on 04.03.11. “Sold out” at 120 WI and growing number of other organisations.  (funded by DfID)
  • 2012: Women reaching Water: Water reaching Women IWD event at UEA on 09.03.12. With Water Security Research Centre.   (funded by donation of venue, CUE & ticket sales) Attendance 120+ ...  approximately 10 other Organisations.
  • 2013: Managing on the Margins IWD event funded by sponsorship (John Jarrold Trust, Aviva, NCC and Norwich City Council) and ticket sales. Attendance 140+ ...  approximately  20 other Organisations.
  • 2014: Shared Earth: Common Ground focussing on the WI “The WI Great Food Debate”, a programme of work to encourage WI members and their communities to explore some of the issues that are impacting the future security of our food supplies, what this will mean in practical terms and how we should go about tackling, and overcoming, these problems.
  • 2015: Women reaching Women. In our Centenary Year, Norfolk County Council took over the running of the event and obtained use of the whole of Norwich Forum. The growing coalition of women's groups adopted the title “Norfolk Women Reaching Women, going forwards.
  • 2016: Different Stories Different Lives. We understand that about 5,000 people interacted with the event in some way on the day. We have come along way since our first event in 2009 with 40 in the audience. Wendy Adams, our Federation Chairman said “The Norfolk Federation of WIs is overwhelmed to see how something which started out as a relatively small, purely WI initiative, has blossomed over the years. This year in particular it has involved so many other women’s groups and reached such a wide audience it has been a truly rewarding experience.”

Meanwhile, nationally WrW had developed into the Millennium Development Goals Champions Campaign. Across England and Wales there were eight NFWI MDG Guardians, each keeping an eye on one of the eight MDG targets. Norfolk's focus is on MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability.

As the UK attempts to honour its commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP will the global promise of the MDGs be delivered in 2017?

Internationally in 2015 the (MDGs) became the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Norfolk WrW

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BREAKING THE SILENCE

Norfolk Women Reaching Women on International Women's Day,

with Aneeta Prem of the Freedom Charity
Norwich Cathedral, 8th March 2017, 10:30 to 12:30

A coffee morning with an opportunity to meet a range of organisations and to pledge to take action for the United Nation's Sustainable development Goal 5 to "Eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide"

BIG WHITE RIBBON

NOVEMBER 25th 2016

We made a Symbol of the commitment of us all to saying #NoToDomesticAbuse, challenging all forms of domestic abuse and sexual violence. A ten-foot-high White Ribbon Totem,  featured in The Forum, Norwich. It was made from everyone's individual piece of ribbon

The event closed with a Candlelit Vigil, outside the Forum.

Meet the BWR again on March 8th

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"NFWI commissioned research found that women who live in the countryside experience the same levels of violence as women who live in urban areas; however the perception was that violence against women is more common in towns and cities.

It is important to do something, and it demonstrates the continuing relevance of the WI that they are not just raising awareness, they are taking social action”

Nick Little, Community Engagement Officer, Norwich City Council

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