#WhiteRibbonDay Why We Need to Speak Out to End Violence Against Women

Today marks #WhiteRibbonDay the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The theme this year – #BeHerVoice illuminating the importance of sharing stories around violence against women to create widespread, global change. Many celebrities have already taken to Twitter to show their support for the cause and raise awareness.  This year mainstream media has […]

Today marks #WhiteRibbonDay the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The theme this year – #BeHerVoice illuminating the importance of sharing stories around violence against women to create widespread, global change. Many celebrities have already taken to Twitter to show their support for the cause and raise awareness.  This year mainstream media has put a spotlight on different types of abuse through thought-provoking programming such as the brilliant Archer’s Helen and Rob storyline and the documentary ‘Behind Closed Doors’ by True Vision.  However, there is still some way to go to ending the stigma around speaking out against violence against women and more widely the issues facing women today around equality.

Through our work we have worked with many inspiring women who have chosen to share difficult and personal stories. There are many reasons that women speak out and tell these difficult stories.  This can be as part of their own journey to heal but also to support other women, men and children who might not have a voice to reassure them they are not alone and to seek advice and support.   But there is still a long way to go and we’ve been there to support and encourage charities to reach out to and empower the women they support through storytelling.

“Our Stories will heal your world” My Voices Particpant

This September we curated Being the Story, a day of storytelling which gave a platform to individuals who are a voice for others covering a myriad of subjects including domestic abuse. Mandy Thomas is a survivor of domestic abuse and is using her story to raise awareness, empower others and actively change the systems that have failed her in the past.

‘By speaking out publicly I am giving strength to those going through situations similar to mine.’

Read her speech here and watch her powerful talk given at Being the Story:

sounddelivery has run several storytelling projects with survivors of domestic abuse and we are committed to supporting charities to keep the spotlight firmly on the issues that they seek to address and to help them amplify them through storytelling.  Read more about our work with survivors of domestic abuse here.

Further Reading:

Big Lottery Fund Supporting women with experience of abuse to tell their stories by Jude Habib
Big Lottery Fund How storytelling workshops have helped women to break their silence by Jude Habib

In conversation with award-winning documentary maker Anna Hall Monday 17th January 2017  (London)

We’ll be holding an event on 17th January with award-winning filmmaker Anna Hall who produced documentaries such as Behind Closed Doors and The Hunt for Britain’s Sex Gangs . If you’d like to be sent further information please do get in touch at hello@sounddelivery.org.uk

The Social Media Exchange – Monday 6th February 2017 London (#SMEX17)
The Social Media Exchange is our flagship training day providing opportunities to learn new digital storytelling skills and gain fresh insights so that you can tell your stories with impact. With masterclasses led by staff from the BBC, YouTube, RNLI, Cancer Research UK, RightsInfo and the RNIB we hope you make this a date for your training diary.  Further info and to book your tickets visit www.socialmediaexchange.org.uk

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