Soroptimists from seven South Lancashire clubs supported Crosby’s “It’s a Matter of Survival” focus event, held recently.

In a packed programme, speakers covered a wide selection of topics Conference 2including domestic abuse, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).

Kaya, a young ‘survivor'(as she calls herself) of forced marriage gave a powerful and emotional account of her circumstances, and explained how she has broken free in order to rebuild her life, confidence and identity.

SWACA CEO, Gill, spoke on the range of support services offered to families attending SWACA. Afrah Qassim, introduced delegates to Savera Liverpool, a recently founded charity dedicated to tackling violence against women from local Black and Minority Ethnic Communities.  Finally, Dorothy Zack-Williams (Soroptimists Liverpool) spoke as a ‘voice’ for the hidden victims of FGM.

Gill is pictured on the right with Afrah and and Maggie (Soroptimists, Crosby).