A social group for women survivors of sexual abuse
Survivors Together is a group for women survivors of sexual abuse. Based in East London, we offer the chance to meet socially for support and a sense of being together with other survivors. Here's what's new…
This is our year
Happy (chinese) New Year!
For the Chinese, this is the year of the dog but we are calling 2018, the year of the woman!
It's 100 years since women won the right to vote. However, this new law didn't include all women. In 1918, under the Representation of the People Act, a woman had to be over 30 and had to either own land themselves or be married to a man with property to have the right to vote. It took another 10 years before all women in the UK were granted equal voting rights under the Equal Franchise Act. This new law almost doubled the number of eligible female voters.
In July this year, the NHS will be 70 years old. Aneurin Bevan (the Health Secretary in 1948) launched the NHS in Manchester (from what is now known as Trafford General Hospital). It was an ambitious plan to bring good healthcare to all. To begin with, it was all free but charges have since been introduced for prescriptions, dental and optical health. You can find out how the NHS are celebrating at https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70/
50 years ago, the women at Ford Dagenham went on strike for equal pay. It is said to have been a victory but they didn't actually win equal pay in 1968 (technically, there were no men doing the same work to compare to) but they did gain an extra 7 pence an hour. They didn't actually receive equal pay until much later (1984) but without the Ford women, we would not have the Equal Pay Act of 1970.
And 2018 marks Survivors Together's 10th year. Yvonne (our Director) continues to meet people individually before welcoming them to the group. Her enormous understanding of the issues involved and what resources are available are invaluable but the main purpose of Survivors Together is to provide social meetings where women survivors can practice self-care or learn a new skill in a relaxed environment with people who understand.
Here's to many more years of social support and self care.
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