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College holds event to raise awareness of violence against women

Over 800 students took part in the event (Pic-New City College)

Havering Sixth Form has held an event to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

New City College Havering Sixth Form hosted a number of seminars, speeches and information stalls to recognise the day on November 25. 

More than 800 students took part in the campaign which was held in a bid to raise awareness of the issues surrounding violence against women. 

These have been highlighted through the tragic high profile cases of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa. 

Speakers from a number of organisations came for the event, including Survivors Together, the St Giles Trust, Forward and survivors of FGM and domestic violence. 

They drew on their own personal experiences to show students what was happening. 

Local groups Havering’s Women’s Aid, Go Girls and the college’s student services ran stalls teaching students about all forms of violence towards women. 

These information about included sexting, sexual harassment, upskirting, as well as consent and what it means.

There were a number of seminars, speakers and information stalls

Phil Hall, Deputy Principal of the campus in Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch, said: “The day was a huge success and it further upskilled our students’ knowledge on this key and prevalent area. At NCC we understand the importance of helping to keep our students safe, as well as ensuring that they understand that violence against women needs to be eliminated.”

Speaker Odunayo Oluwadare, from Forward, said: “The students engaged very well and I was impressed by the knowledge some of them already had regarding FGM. Many of them were surprised to hear how severe the consequences of FGM could be and how prevalent it is around the world, including in the UK!

“As a result, quite a few students requested to know more about our organisation and how they can further support the fight against violence.

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