Savera UK Founder reviews the first few months of 2019
By Afrah Qassim
2018 was a busy and accomplished year for Savera UK.
We started the year with our first project with Savera UK which focused on FGM. The young people launched a photography and art exhibition with the support of the National FGM Centre at their FGM seminar in London which took place on 6th February as part of the International Zero Tolerance for FGM. The young people are already working to relaunch the exhibition in the North West.
Savera UK also participated and are now part of the Anti-FGM Network (Symposium to End FGM in Britain). An article was in the Guardian highlighting the discussion and the urgent actions needed to address the lack of FGM awareness.
In just the last few months we have reached over 200 individuals who participated in our training and awareness raising which includes professionals, communities and schools. As a result of our engagement, a number of referrals have been made into our one-to-one support service. We have also even received a requests for support beyond the UK. We also made sure to feedback our response to the Home Office Consultation on Forced Marriage in regards to mandatory reporting.
March was dedicated to celebrating women and their history and it’s only right for our newsletter to reflect the theme of International Women's Day (IWD), #BalanceforBetter. IWD gives us the opportunity to reflect on achievements and ensure a more gender-balanced society. This year for IWD we were very grateful to receive free support from Abel and Imray (a leading UK and European firm and trademark attorney) who registered our trademark to protect the name of the charity. The Pelican and Rose designed a t-shirt to help fundraise for us and £5 of each sale will go to Savera UK. Thank you to everyone who used the 8th March (IWD) as a time to support us by doing a range of activities such as cake sales, clothes swaps and promoting our charity on social media - myself, the board and the team are so appreciative.
I want to thank Liverpool Echo News for recognising me as one of the 100 Inspirational Women of Merseyside. This came as a great surprise and I am astonished and humbled to be amongst such amazing women. I personally wanted to say, I am just one of many women who made Savera UK happen and they are my daily inspiration.
I want to take this opportunity to congratulate our Board member Rachael Biggs and her family on their beautiful baby girl Lily who was born in January 2019. Furthermore, I would like to welcome our new team member Sinead (Community Support Worker) and Kayleigh who is a student Social Worker on placement with us. . Thanks to everyone who has supported us in one way or another and a special thanks to our ambassador Maya Jama for her generosity in donating £5,000 to the charity.
Thanks to Savera UK board and team who work extremely hard to make things happen for our clients, communities and professionals and also our funders and everyone who believes in what we do.