To celebrate the 102nd International Women’s Day (IWD), Wales Office Minister, Baroness Jenny Randerson met staff from Newport Women’s Aid today [8 March], to find out more about their work to empower women in the community and prevent domestic violence.
Newport Women’s Aid is a charity set up to encourage women to determine their own future, by providing refuge and emotional support to those experiencing physical, mental, sexual or financial abuse or living in fear of it. They also provide aftercare and outreach workers to support women in the community and educate young people to prevent the cycle of abuse.
Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson said:
Domestic abuse cannot be tolerated on any level; all women should have the right to live free from the fear or threat of abuse. The services at Newport Women’s Aid provide invaluable support, assisting the unfortunate and unequal position of some women within our society.
All the staff and volunteers are truly inspirational, working extremely hard to provide care and empower women and children to live independently, providing options to assist them choose their own destiny.
Louise Clark, Team Leader of Newport Women’s Aid said:
Women should have the right and opportunity to start their lives again, empowering themselves with knowledge to help control and shape their own future.
We believe passionately that all women in society should be equal and deserve a decent quality of life. Our work provides temporary accommodation, information and support to women and children suffering domestic abuse.
As well as direct support to women our work includes raising awareness and creating an appropriate dialogue on domestic violence issues amongst the public, media and other relevant organisations.