Reminder: Special event for White Ribbon Day

Hi Pete

Are you planning to send a photographer to the event tomorrow?

Kind regards

Anyone with an interest in women’s issues, local or international, is being urged to attend this year’s White Ribbon Day event at Hackney Town Hall on Saturday 22 November from 11am until 3.30pm.

The free event, hosted by Hackney Council’s Domestic Violence Forum will feature an inspirational address from the TV entertainer and comedienne Angie Le Mar, as well as entertainment from local R& B sensation Lealea Jones. Lealea has shared the stage with top artists including Jay-z, Beyonce and Amy Winehouse.

Amongst the speakers will be Cllr Muttalip Unluer, a Hackney resident for 35 years who will speak about the issue of Violence Against Women. There will be informative speeches from various women’s organisations such as the NIA Project and the Kurdistan Refugee Women’s Organisation, to name but a few. Attendees will learn more about women’s movements such as the Reclaim the Night campaign.

Children will be very welcome. There’ll be face painting for the young ones and a crèche service available on a first come first served basis. The Hackney Purple IT bus will be parked outside the town hall for older children to enjoy.

Women will be able to explore their artistic side with an open art workshop, or if they prefer they sit back, relax and enjoy a free pampering treatment – or do both!

There will be information stalls staffed by many different organisations from Hackney and beyond, so women can find out more about support services available to them, as well as other resources such as local colleges etc.

Refreshments will be on offer all day and everyone will also have the opportunity to enter a free prize draw.

Cllr Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “White Ribbon Day is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It is a very important occasion to focus on issues that affect women in Hackney and across the world. I urge anyone with some spare time on the 22nd to pop in and enjoy the company!”

For more information please contact Judith Fitzsimons, Domestic Violence Policy Co-ordinator on 0208 356 4468.