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Saying no to violence against women

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As part of their Level 2 Functional Skills English exam revision, and to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women that falls on November 25th, students discussed the topic of domestic violence.

During their discussion they agreed that violent actions towards both women and men are wholly unacceptable and deemed the topic to be a very emotional one.

They all celebrated the worthwhile campaign and explored ways in which the campaign could be promoted in local schools.

Following the discussion, they were invited to write a letter to councillor Lynne Moran, Cabinet Minister for Education and Skills at Wolverhampton Council, to suggest ways in which the campaign could be promoted in local schools.

The session was taught by Pam Lavender (Subject Lead Integration) and supported by Steph Gilford (PGCE student). 


 Student letters

Dear Councillor Moran,

With the dramatic rise of the percentage of domestic violence worldwide, I wish to bring your attention to the education of the female gender in our schools in relation to the abuse.

There is a lack of knowledge on the right values, and women and girls are more and more marginalised in the world. This impacts on the outcome in their education; they are not aware of the rights they have to independence and the right to not be abused. It is good to tackle this fact in our school, so that the negative characteristics of their cultures or beliefs do not stimulate or provoke abuse.

By talking to our students, it will give the awareness for the future. In addition, the campaign will be a good opportunity for the women and girls to know where to go to receive help such as local charities and churches. 

Furthermore, it will build young girls' confidence to stand firm. In some cases, it will drive them to act and move forward in their life. For children in the home where the domestic violence sometimes occurs, it will be an advantage to evaluate the atmosphere in their personal home.

But how could we promote it in our school so that it can be expanded around the nation? With the inclusion of British values, we can help women and girls to know their value, and the value of other people. This can encourage and give them the boldness to deal with any kind of abuse on the school premises.

I will be grateful to hear from you in the near future.

Yours sincerely,
Veronique Zegbe 

Dear Councillor Moran,

I would like to share my thoughts about a recent event to represent and promote a world wide recognised campaign.

Firstly, statistics show that 35% of women have been victims off some sort of violence worldwide. The 70% of women have been victims in their homes by their partners. This needs to change!

I know that out there, there are so many different support centres around the country, which promote support against domestic, emotional and physical abuse. However, in my opinion this is not enough to encourage victims to come forward. What do you think?

Secondly, schools are the first place to start. Awareness around different types of violence that not only women and girls suffer from but also boys and men could be victims.

The school can provide a great opportunity for the younger generation to gain the right knowledge and awareness of the facts. The children will learn in their early years so that they will be able to get the right support that they need.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Yours sincerely,
Gurvinder Sandhu

Dear Councillor Moran, 

I am writing to you to promote a campaign to end violence toward women and girls. Statistics show that 35% of women are experiencing violence worldwide, while 70% of women are experiencing violence at the hands of their partners. 

I think that it is important to discuss this issue in schools to improve awareness amongst children that come from homes that have witnessed domestic violence. I think that pamphlets could be distributed also and posters could be pinned up on the boards in the corridors. This would start a conversation. 

Men are victims of violence also. More safe houses should be provided and information put up in NHS services such as doctors surgeries and clinics. Information and guidance should be sign posted. 

I think this would be a good cause as this would help to reduce depression and promote more information to help people feel safe and not alone. 

I would be very grateful if you could set up a meeting to put in place these suggested actions, and provide what is needed for all the public. 

Many thanks. 

Yours sincerely, 
Angela Samuels

Dear Councillor Moran, 

I am writing to you to promote the campaign to end violence towards women and girls in schools. Statistics show that 35% of women worldwide suffer violence, and 70% of these women have been victims of domestic violence at the hands of their partner. How long should we allow these crimes to carry on? Enough, enough, enough! 

I would like to take this campaign into schools to improve awareness to children in general and even to those from a domestic violence background. Our children need to learn at an early stage that domestic violence is real. When we can get these children to be aware of this horrible 'disease', now, hopefully they will not have to fall victim to it in the future. For the children that are already from families with domestic violence, I believe that this campaign will help open up a dialogue in their home. I believe that if children can communicate with their parents, it could help eradicate domestic violence within families. 

How would we promote it in schools? I feel that knowledge about domestic violence should be included in everyday learning. Like sports, domestic violence should be a topic that is included once a week in every day learning. We should have a regular conversation about it. We should have people going around schools to discuss this topic with children. 

I believe this campaign will be very helpful to both families and schools. I will encourage communication and will bring families together. 

Yours sincerely, 
Esther Luckett

Dear Councillor Moran, 

I am writing to you to promote a campaign to end violence toward women and girls. Statistics show that 35% of women are experiencing violence worldwide, while 70% of women are experiencing violence at the hands of their partners. My understanding of the statistics show that we need to take more action against this.

I feel it is necessary to empower girls from younger ages by making them more aware of what abuse is. I myself would have needed more understanding of what abuse types there are when I was younger. Domestic abuse comes in more than one form. Many victims do not see themselves as victims. Abuse can be mental, physical and even financial. 

I feel we need to create a better education in the school setting, for younger people to inform them about what help and support is available to people who may suffer this. 

I will look forward to a response. 

Yours sincerely, 
Sian Marshall

Dear Councillor Moran,

I would like to share information about the 16 days of activism, which features the international day against violence toward women and girls and how we can promote the campaign in schools. 

The statistics show that 35% of women are experiencing violence worldwide, while 70% of women are experiencing violence at the hands of their partners. Is that not enough to act now? 

Raising the awareness of the violence against women and girls in school is something that will help children to know what violence is and different types of violence. Most of the children will think that violence is just when someone is beaten, but they do not know that there are such things as emotional, financial, and physical abuse. 

I am thinking that introducing the topic at school will be one of the solutions. For example, each week it would be a good idea to focus on one sort of abuse and allow children to debate and when possible perhaps bring forward someone who has experienced the abuse before to share their story.

I am more than happy to go to different schools and share my own experiences. I believe that there are others who are willing to share their experiences so that together we can end the violence against women and girls. 

I believe that many children are ignorant and having someone who can share their story will wake them up and will make a difference. 

I look forward to hearing from you. 

Yours sincerely, 
Nadia H

Dear Councillor Moran,

I am writing to you to promote a campaign to end violence toward women and girls. Statistics show that 35% of women are experiencing violence worldwide, while 70% of women are experiencing violence at the hands of their partners. Is that not enough reason to act now?

I think it is important to discuss the issue in schools to improve awareness. There are so many children coming from homes with domestic violence. Communication should improve in families!

Schools should arrange meetings and invite parents to come and discuss how the problem can be tackled. This will help some women and girls who do not know how to go about it when they are faced with the situation.

The reason why I am asking you to promote this campaign is that there are a lot of women and girls who cannot fight for themselves, who do not have the self-esteem or who are not confident enough to ask for help. They need to be helped, to be given all the information needed and they also need all the support they can get.

I would appreciate it if you can put my request into consideration so that things can be put into place.

Yours sincerely,
Lida Simmwanja

Dear Councillor Moran, 

I am writing to you to promote a campaign to end violence toward women and girls. Statistics show that 35% of women are experiencing violence worldwide, while 70% of women are experiencing violence at the hands of their partners. My understanding of the statistics show that we need to take more action against this.

I feel it is necessary to empower girls from younger ages by making them more aware of what abuse is. I myself would have needed more understanding of what abuse types there are when I was younger. Domestic abuse comes in more than one form. Many victims do not see themselves as victims. Abuse can be mental, physical and even financial. 

I feel we need to create a better education in the school setting, for younger people to inform them about what help and support is available to people who may suffer this. 

I will look forward to a response. 

Yours sincerely, 
Sian Marshall

Dear Councillor Moran, 

I would like to share information about the 16 days of activism, which features the international day against violence toward women and girls and how we can promote the campaign in schools. 

The statistics show that 35% of women are experiencing violence worldwide, while 70% of women are experiencing violence at the hands of their partners. Is that not enough to act now? 

Raising the awareness of the violence against women and girls in school is something that will help children to know what violence is and different types of violence. Most of the children will think that violence is just when someone is beaten, but they do not know that there are such things as emotional, financial, and physical abuse. 

I am thinking that introducing the topic at school will be one of the solutions. For example, each week it would be a good idea to focus on one sort of abuse and allow children to debate and when possible perhaps bring forward someone who has experienced the abuse before to share their story.

I am more than happy to go to different schools and share my own experiences. I believe that there are others who are willing to share their experiences so that together we can end the violence against women and girls.

I believe that many children are ignorant and having someone who can share their story will wake them up and will make a difference. 

I look forward to hearing from you. 

Yours sincerely, 
Nadia H


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