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Empowering women to make a change

Victims’ Commissioner, Baroness Newlove was at Allia Future Business Centre, in Peterborough on Wednesday 8 March, welcoming women from across the county, to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017.

Organised by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cambridgeshire Constabulary, the event, Empowering Women, was an opportunity for women to celebrate their contribution to the local community.

Just under 100 women packed into the venue to listen to a number of inspirational stories and get the latest advice on issues affecting women today.

 Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, Vicky Skeels said:

“What a fantastic opportunity for women to come together in a safe and positive environment to celebrate International Women’s Day. We heard some amazingly powerful stories of courage and action and all left pledging to #BeBoldforChange.”

Delegates were asked to make a pledge to ‘make a change and make a difference’, including standing up against violence, challenging bias and inequality, and championing women’s education.

Presentations throughout the event included a powerful message from Lorin LaFave, from Breck Foundation, whose son Breck was groomed via the internet and murdered on 17th February, 2014. There were also sessions on online safety, domestic abuse, and a session on grief recovery.

Carole Henderson, Grief Recovery (UK) said: “Recovery is possible, even after the most horrendous life events. I was thrilled to be invited to share this message during such a special evening.”