Hard-hitting speeches at end of 16 Days of activism

THE FINAL event as part of the sixteen days of activism was a half day conference at Orsett Hall.

Chaired by portfolio holder for adult social care, cllr Barbara Rice, who also made a key note address, the packed conference was an indication as to the commitment in the borough towards combating sexual violence against women and girls.

The fact that the sixteen days has been able to attract such high profile speakers also illustrates the standing Thurrock has in its commitment to their cause.

Although many of the events have been led by Thurrock Council, SERICC and Womens Aid, many many organisations have given their time and support.

The two speakers on film are Holly Dustin and Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price.

Holly Dustin is Director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition which she helped to found in 2005. Under Holly’s stewardship, the Coalition has secured major successes including governments in Westminster and London developing violence against women and girls strategies, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) championing this approach and the linking of VAWG with equality duties, for example through the Map of Gaps campaign with the EHRC. Holly was part of the team of women’s organisations who gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry about the harmful impact of the media’s treatment of women.

Previously, Holly ran the Fawcett Society’s Commission on Women and the Criminal Justice System chaired by former Solicitor General Vera Baird QC. She has worked on miscarriage of justice cases at Justice and specialised in representing women in prison whilst working as a Solicitor in Liverpool She has an LLM in Women and the Law. Holly is a regular media commentator for the BBC, Guardian and other media outlets.

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