Author: Sam Harrison

Setting the Story Straight: Challenging and informing media representation of HBA and harmful practices

On Thursday 9th June (4pm – 6pm) Savera UK will host a free webinar examining how ‘honour’-based abuse (HBA) and harmful culturally-specific practices are represented in the media. 

The event will see Savera UK share the results of a survey of professionals and survivors on the representation of practices including HBA, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage. 

We will also hear from survivors and professionals working in the field about the impact these representations can have, and discuss the challenges and issues on reporting on harmful practices and best practices for journalists when raising awareness and sharing the stories of survivors.

You can register for your free place here:



Ngunan Adamu, Presenter/Producer 

Ngunan is a BBC Radio Merseyside presenter/producer for the Upfront Show. She is the founder and CEO of iWoman, a programme which helps unemployed women in the region develop the skills and confidence to get into media, and has also been involved in training other journalists for the BBC World Service and worked on the BBC Young Reporter programme.


Maya Oppenheim, Journalist

Maya is women’s correspondent at The Independent – the only women’s correspondent at a UK news outlet. She writes news, social policy and global stories from a women’s angle, focusing on human rights, sexual violence, domestic abuse, abortion, prisons, health, poverty and more.


Afrah Qassim, CEO & Founder, Savera UK

Afrah is the founder and CEO of Savera UK, a leading national organisation tackling the causes and effects of harmful practices including ‘honour’-based abuse, female genital mutilation and forced/child marriage. Afrah is also the Chair of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF).


Khatra Paterson, Savera UK Survivor Ambassador

Khatra is the director and owner of KP Aesthetics, a wife, mother of two and survivor of FGM. She says: “Past experiences of abuse do not have to define you as a person. Growing up in a fearful household due to persistent domestic abuse and being the subject to Female Genital Mutilation is abhorrent but I’ve used my past to help other survivors. I’m a strong believer that through education you can change cultural beliefs that have a negative impact on women and children. As an Ambassador for Savera U.K. I will be using my experience of being a survivor to educate, support and make change.”


Zuleika Sassa, Survivor

Zuleika is the founder of Sassafit and is a personal trainer, nutritionist and wellbeing adviser. She is a survivor of forced marriage and supports Savera UK to share a message of hope that it is possible to get out of abusive situations, that there is another life out there and it is possible to find a ‘new beginning’.


Saliha Rashid, Survivor & Campaigner

Saliha Rashid is a long-time campaigner, working to bring vital change for disabled survivors. After growing up feeling trapped and isolated within a community which operated an ‘honour’ system based on protecting the family’s reputation, Saliha has now built herself a successful and independent life free from abuse. Saliha says she shares her experience to make sure that the voices of disabled survivors are heard, and wants to increase awareness of how domestic abuse and honour-based violence affects disabled women as well as the additional barriers they face when escaping the abuse. 


If you have any questions email [email protected] 

This event is kindly funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation

Savera UK aims to make events as accessible as possible. If you require reasonable adjustments to access this online event, then please contact us one week before the event so that actions can be taken to support you.


Orange the World 2021 Events Page

Below is an overview of upcoming events taking place during the Orange the World 2021 campaign. More events and additional details will be added in the run-up to the 16 days of activism, please check back regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Please note, not all events are organised by Savera UK. Please contact the event organiser for any further details or information.

Thursday 25th November

Parents Protect Training

10am – 11:30am


RASA will deliver training which aims to provide the information needed to recognise the warning signs of abuse in both adults and children and to build the confidence in accessing support reporting.

Event Link

Orange the World 2021 Launch

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Lovelocks Coffee Shop, Liverpool City Centre

Savera UK and Zonta Club London invite-only event to launch the Orange the World 2021 campaign and remember women lost to male violence, and those affected by abuse and harassment. Speakers will include the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Mary Rasmussen, Merseyside Assistant Chief Constable, Ngaire Waine, CEO and Founder of Savera UK, Afrah Qassim, Savera UK Chair, Aislinn O’Dwyer and Zonta Club London representative, Dianne Jeans.

To register your interest contact [email protected]

RASA Orange the World Events

To raise awareness and reclaim public spaces, RASA will run a series of mini events in public spaces around Merseyside from 25th November through to 10th December. Orange ribbons will highlight the areas where women and girls do not feel safe and help to act in reclaiming these spaces.

Friday 26th November

Mindfulness Body Scan

9am – 10am


A mindfulness practice spending time resting awareness on each part of our body, offering gratitude and affection. Delivered by RASA.

Event Link

Monday 29th November

Mindfulness Body Scan

4pm – 5pm


A mindfulness practice spending time resting awareness on each part of our body, offering gratitude and affection. Delivered by RASA.

Event Link

Wednesday 1st December

Disclosure Training

1pm – 4pm


Training for professionals about impact of sexual violence and how to repsond to disclosures.

Event Link

Thursday 2nd December

Liverpool Probation Service Awareness Event

Cake sale and an awareness workshop for Liverpool North Staff. Donations including toys, toiletries books are also being requested, with donations and money raised going to IDVA.

Thursday 9th December

Culture is Beautiful: No Excuse for Abuse

4pm – 6pm


Join Savera UK, Zonta Club London and Zonta International for an online panel discussion tackling the harmful ways that culture is wrongly conflated with human rights abuses against women and girls.

Event Registration

Friday 10th December

Fundraising Bake Sale

All day (or until cakes are gone)

Liverpool/Sefton Women’s Centre

Fundraising bake sale with all proceeds going to the IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisors).