Women’s Aid National Conference 2019

16th & 17th July 2019, Stamford Court, University of Leicester

This event brings together our entire federation – women who have spent their lives on the Feminist Frontline gaining an unrivalled understanding of domestic abuse, developing a huge range of pioneering specialist services, and advocating passionately for survivors. It’s a real opportunity for everyone who attends to debate policy, share best practice and celebrate this life saving work carried out by our members.

You will have the opportunity to hear from high-profile and fantastic speakers as well as contribute to discussions around sustaining thriving services who support all women experiencing domestic abuse.


Chair Femi Otitoju, Co-Chair, Women’s Aid Board of Trustees

08:45 – 09:45 Registration and refreshments

09:45 – 10:05 Welcome and introductory presentation from Femi Otitoju, Co-Chair, Women’s Aid Board of Trustees

10:05 – 10:30 Key note speech: Professor Liz Kelly, Director of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, London Metropolitan University

10:30 – 11:30 Panel: Building Change That Lasts for children and young people

  • Amna Abdullatif, Children and Young People’s Officer, Women’s Aid
  • Andrea Simon, Public Affairs Manager, End Violence Against Women coalition
  • Prof Jane Callaghan, Director Child Wellbeing & Protection & Dr Fiona Morrison, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Stirling
  • Catherine Bewley, Head of Sexual Violence Support Services, Galop

11:30 – 12:00 Refreshment break

12:00 – 13:00 Panel: Amplifying women’s voices in law and legislation

  • Leah Cowan, Communications and Policy Coordinator, Imkaan
  • Harriet Wistrich, Founding Director, Centre for Women’s Justice
  • Saliha Rashid, Survivor and Campaigner
  • Sara Lomri, Deputy Legal Director, Public Law Project

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Workshops

15:30 – 16:00 Refreshment break

16:00 – 17:30 Workshops

17:30:  Conference closes for non-residential delegates

Chair: Mary Mason, Co-Chair, Women’s Aid Board of Trustees

08:45 – 09:15 Registration for non-residential delegates

09:15 – 09:45 AGM

09:45 – 10:45 Lightning round – working on the feminist frontline

Confirmed speakers:

  • Zlakha Ahmed, Chief Executive, Apna Haq
  • Victoria Cousins, Director of Make a Change, Respect
  • Becky Rogerson, Acting Director, Wearside Women’s Aid
  • Saranel Benjamin, Head of Research and Programme Policy (Women’s Rights), Action Aid (video)
  • Dickie James, Chief Executive, Staffordshire Women’s Aid
  • Victoria Rea and Grace Jacob-Lot, IDVAs, Deaf Hope
  • Tal Rosenzweig, Advice Service and Helplines Manager, Women and Girls Network
  • Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, Director, Surviving Economic Abuse
  • Jess Phillips MP (video)

10:45 – 11:15 Making the case for sustainability, Sarah Davidge, Research, Evaluation and Development Officer and Alina Kuhl, On Track Project Officer, Women’s Aid

11:15 – 11:30 Refreshment break

11:30 – 13:00 Workshops

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:30 Apna Haq survivors’ drama performance

14:30 – 15:45 Panel: Doing it for ourselves: building a stronger and more independent sector

  • Lisa Hilder, Treasurer, Winner, Preston Road Women’s Centre
  • Amanda Elwen, Business Manager, Harv Domestic Abuse Services
  • Jo Bridger, Project Procurement Coordinator, Women’s Aid
  • Naz Ghodrati, Chief Executive, Stockport Without Abuse
  • Elaine Langshaw, Service Director, Newcastle Women’s Aid

15:45 – 16:00 Conference round up and close


The National Conference 2019 will be held at Stamford Court, University of Leicester.

Information on the venue and how to get there are here

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact: [email protected]

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