Conference aims to empower and bring hope to women who have been abused

Monday 21st May 2018 23:50 BST

An event which brings together women from different cultures and faiths, inspiring and empowering them to overcome barriers will be held in Truro next month.

The Every Woman’s Hope Conference will return for its second year on Saturday, June 2 2018.

It aims to break down cultural differences and bring hope to those who may be victims of domestic or sexual abuse.

Organiser Mary Mawonera said: “I am pleased that the conference is able to return for its second year.

“It is easy to focus on the agony of women’s experiences after sexual or domestic abuse and it can be difficult for those victims to see hope.

“Opportunities through events such as this can inspire those women to know that hope is on its way.”

Held at All Saints Highertown Church, the free event will showcase stalls and speakers on various themes including domestic and sexual abuse, unity within our community and healing and wholeness.

Speakers and attendees will include senior officers from Devon and Cornwall Police, First Light, Women Centre Cornwall, Victim Care Unit and Julia MacDonald.

There will also be live music from singer song writer Sarah Teibo, who is originally from Nigeria, and an African choir.

The event has been facilitated by the Devon and Cornwall Police’s diverse communities team with support from Chief Superintendent James Pearce.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez, said: “I am proud to support this event alongside my colleagues at Devon and Cornwall Police and other various agencies as two of the priorities in my Police and Crime Plan are to support victims of crime and help protect those who are vulnerable and at risk of abuse.

“The Every Woman’s Hope Conference is a gateway to awareness and understanding of some women’s experiences in our community.

“There is no better to time to unite together to celebrate different cultures and denominations and bring hope to those who may be hurting.”

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