Double boost for anti-violence effort

The Northern Echo: Councillor Stephen Guy Councillor Stephen Guy

A CAMPAIGN to stop violence against women and girls is celebrating a double boost.

The Durham Women Rising group, launched at Durham University last year, secured £5,000 from a County Hall budget-setting event in a public vote and Sherburn councillor Stephen Guy has donated a further £100.

Leaders have written to all 126 Durham county councillors and Councillor Guy is the first to respond, giving money from his council-allocated Membership Initiative Fund.

He said: “In light of the consequences of domestic violence against women and girls, and the need for it to be systematically challenged, it was very easy to commit to this cause.”

Group co-ordinator Julie Ward said: “Mr Guy understands the seriousness of the issue in our own area.

“It’s not something happens to other people in another country. Violence against women and girls crosses all boundaries.

“But the time has come to speak out and change the culture that allows it to happen.”

The money will support an awareness-raising festival running from February 13 to March 30, encompassing International Women’s Day and Mothers’ Day, plus the global One Billion Rising campaign day – Valentine’s Day, February 14.

Anyone wishing to support the campaign should call Lisa Davis on 07815-837-034.

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