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Welsh Women's Aid, #Future40, 'Forty Voices, Forty Years', end violence against womenSharing stories enables us to hear the voices of those who have often been omitted from the history books.

Women’s memories, voices and lives have often been written out of Welsh national heritage, so this year a project aims to capture this hidden history, celebrating Welsh Women’s Aid’s 40th year and commemorating the work of the Women’s Aid movement in Wales.

It will do this with a collection of oral histories, digital stories, an exhibition and archive materials from women and services.

‘Forty Voices, Forty Years’ is a heritage project led by Welsh Women’s Aid in collaboration with the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales.

The project will not only enhance our understanding of the movement to stop violence against women in Wales, but also improve community knowledge about these types of abuse and Welsh Women’s Aid’s work to prevent it.

Anyone who has had a connection with ending violence against women in Wales, or Welsh Women’s Aid at some point during our history, can get in touch.

Women interested in becoming volunteers to support the project as it develops across Wales are very welcome to join in.

To find out more, to contribute your story or to volunteer, email: tinareece@welshwomensaid.org.uk or emily.underwood-lee@southwales.ac.uk

Or follow Welsh Women’s Aid on Twitter.

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee, Research Fellow at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling: “We believe that sharing stories enables us to hear the voices of those who have often been omitted from the history books.

“The stories collected in the Forty Voices, Forty Years project will give us a chance to reflect on who we are, where we have come from and what we want to be.

“Sharing stories can create community and a greater understanding of one another through listening to the tales that make us who we are.”

“I am looking forward to working with all the women whose important stories we hope to preserve and celebrate.

“If people would be happy to help us with this work by sharing stories and memories then we would be really pleased to hear from them.”

Welsh Women’s Aid also want to encourage reflection on its future priorities as a movement, as we all work towards our shared goal of eradicating violence against women once and for all.

Welsh Women’s Aid have already launched #Future40 – a campaign that will run throughout 2018.

#Future40 focuses on what survivors of violence, their families, communities and people across Wales want to achieve over the next 40 years in order to end all forms of violence against women.

Welsh Women’s Aid are calling on people to tell them their top three priorities for how Wales can end violence against women.

They will then use these ideas to inform the Welsh government about what they can do to create a Wales free from abuse and fear.

To tell them your ideas, please complete and return this Future Forty Postcard – by email or post to Welsh Women’s Aid, Pendragon House, Caxton Place, Pentwyn, Cardiff, CF23 8XE.

To find out how else you can get involved with #Future40 – please click here.

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