Sisters Forum launches on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day was marked as a celebration and a protest against Domestic Violence in Newham, London. By local residence at the launch of a new project "Sisters Forum" aimed to end Domestic violence in Newham.

The purpose of Sisters Forum is to empower and educate communities to tackle domestic violence and to provide a platform for those who live in fear. As Director Sabia Kamali said "education can play a pivotal role in empowering women and communities to fight against injustice."

This work will be carried out through creating awareness and campaigning against Domestic Violence through seminars, community talks and workshops. Sisters Forum will provide free confidential and culturally or religiously sensitive professional one to one support and services to abused women. Sisters Forum will also engage in educating both Muslim communities and the community-at-large on the issue of domestic violence. 

She also adds "we cannot be complacent. There is still a long way to go. Women in Newham are still subjected to Domestic Violence. Like any other part of the globe, there is not yet, worldwide recognition that women’s rights are human rights.

Key members of the community, Solicitors, social workers, Human rights activists, community workers and others where present at the event.

The chief guest at the event was principal solicitor Helen Robbins who has established her firm "Helen Robbins Solicitors" in Leytonstone, East London in 1998. She is a Specialist in Domestic Violence and a founder member of the East London & Essex Collaborative Lawyers Group (ELECL).