Reflections by Katie Ross, Events Organiser at Women’s Aid

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We were delighted that so many of you could join us at National Conference 2019 either as delegates, speakers or workshop leaders – there were around 230 attendees with 62 member organisations represented.

Professor Liz Kelly opened the conference with an inspiring key note on why we are stronger together as feminists. This was followed by panels on children and young people and amplifying women’s voices in law and legislation with expert speakers including Andrea Simon from EVAW and Harriet Wistrich from Centre for Women’s Justice.

On the second day, women working within or for the VAWG sector, including Zlakha Ahmed, Director of Apna Haq and Jess Phillips MP (via video) spoke brilliantly in a lightning round on what being a feminist means to them and what is really means to be ‘working on the feminist frontline’. A final panel on building a stronger and more independent sector saw contributions from speakers including Amanda Elwen from Harv Outreach and Lisa Hilder from WINNER among others discussing innovative and successful projects that have helped their organisations become more financially independent.

A packed workshop programme with excellent leaders, wellbeing sessions and the evening entertainment made for an inspiring two days with feedback that it was inclusive, welcoming and informative. One delegate described it as ‘an injection of feminist fire’ – we hope you found it to be too!

For further feedback or to put your organisation forward to contribute in 2020 please email events

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