East Durham students team up with charity to host International Women's Day event

An East Durham charity has teamed up with college students to host an International Women's Day with a difference.

Wednesday, 8th March 2017, 2:44 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:46 am
Students Abbie Harrison and Summer Jobson, Ron Hogg (Durham and Darlington Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner), Dawn Ward (Durham Police), Lindsey Wood (Chair of the East Durham Domestic Abuse Network) and Barbara Gubbins (CEO of County Durham Community Foundation).

The East Durham Domestic Abuse Network, supported by East Durham Trust, joined forces with students from East Durham College to host an International Women’s Day event today, March 8.

The event held at the college on Willerby Grove, Peterlee, aimed to educate young people about healthy relationships and warning signs of Domestic Abuse.

It highlighted issues around control, consent and healthy relationships.

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During the day performances took place ranging from interactive drama pieces, with some created specifically for the event by East Durham College in partnership with Harbour and the Durham Constabulary.

Following the performances, students had the chance to talk to local services and organisations who offered support and information.

Students taking part in the event were also asked to record what they will change in their lives because of the issues that have been raised around the International Women’s Day campaign hashtag for 2017 #BeBoldForChange.

Lindsey Wood, Chair of East Durham Trust’s Domestic Abuse Network said: “This is a great opportunity for us to raise the profile of women’s issues and highlight some of the services available locally.”

East Durham Trust’s Domestic Abuse Network is a partnership project funded by Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg in association with County Durham Community Association. PCVC Ron Hogg will open the event.