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How is International Women’s Day helping to eliminate violence against women and girls?

Throughout history, women have questioned the status quo; highlighting injustice and protecting the rights of others. Their tenacious attitude was at risk to their own safety but resulted in major movements within social, economic, cultural and political matters to bring equality to all genders.

However, despite the huge steps forward, one in 3 women worldwide still experiences violence in their lifetime – emotional, verbal or physical. Often, at the hands of someone they know, whom they believe loves them. We hope this year’s IWD highlights these staggering statistics, as well as our ongoing journey to defend women and girls’ basic rights – to be heard and to be safe.   

What is International Women’s Day (IWD)?

On the 8th of March, we globally unite to celebrate International Women’s Day, recognising the progress and achievements of women. From the single mum to the CEO activist, we share the efforts being made to create a better and equal world for all. Although different sources vary on when the first official ‘Women’s Day’ took place, the important part is that it did! Since the early 1900s, resilient Suffragettes took to the streets to support women’s rights for equal pay, voting and safety for women and girls. Fights which, albeit have progressed, still

have further to go. Days such as IWD and campaigns including the #metoo movement keep the spotlight on these topics, championing women’s rights worldwide.

Embracing equity and equality in 2023

Every year, IWD has a dedicated theme, focusing on a particular issue, priority or agenda. The chosen campaign theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Embrace Equity’. With the aim to create an inclusive world where everyone feels respected and valued.

No matter how big your world may be, from a local village community to a million social media followers, it’s about taking those small moments of change and activism to challenge discrimination. Domestic abuse cases are often hidden away but through the efforts of IWD and supporting charities, we can collectively increase awareness of ending violence against women and girls with a wider audience.

How is EVE acknowledging IWD?

This International Women’s Day, EVE are embracing equity; using our platforms, helplines and refuges to reassure women and girls they’re not alone. We provide safe locations with trusted team members who can support survivors whether they’re in an abusive relationship, trying to leave or have already left.

For survivors, with or without children, we offer The Restored Programme: a rehabilitation programme which creates a secure environment to build a sense of belonging. Along with The Evolve Programme which works with perpetrators of domestic abuse to look at their reasoning and understanding behind why they use violent behaviour towards others.

We’ll also be attending this year’s International Women’s Day event, taking place at the Guildhall, Northampton, on Saturday 4th March, to highlight our ongoing work within the community.

Beyond the 8th of March

International Women’s Day is more than just a 24-hour celebration. It’s an opportunity to catapult change; identifying the threats women face daily such as catcalling, verbal abuse, physical harm or sexual harassment, and creating a safer world for women and girls. Empowering them to take control of their own lives as well as being able to identify and leave toxic relationships.

To continue the message of IWD, we need allies. Big or small actions that share the message of equity can make a huge difference and these can include:

  • Following Eve’s social media
  • Liking and sharing posts
  • Reporting abusive or discriminative behaviour
  • Identifying controlling, coercive and abusive behaviour
  • Volunteering with a female-focused charity
  • Fundraising for a female-focused charity

Contact EVE

Here at Eve, we have a team of fully trained individuals whom you can contact 24/7 for domestic abuse-related matters. We provide supportive solutions and safe refuge for female victims and children affected by domestic abuse.

Contact times and support available for domestic abuse-related matters:

  • 9am -5pm – Helpline: General enquiries, information, advice and guidance
  • 5pm – 9am – Out of Hours Emergency Support
  • 9am – 10pm – Silent Solutions: text us on 07827 239 496 or email us at  

Help eve celebrate their 40th anniversary at their black-tie gala dinner!

eve’s story started in Northampton 40 years ago, when they were first established as Nene Valley Christian Family Refuge to provide refuge and support to women experiencing all types of domestic abuse. Since then, they have helped over 12,000 women heal and recover – an achievement most worthy of celebrating.

eve has grown from offering refuge to delivering a wide range of services. They provide community support, dedicated work with children and young people, a Silent Solutions helpline, training, and Evolve, their behaviour change programme for perpetrators of abuse. With eve’s support, the most vulnerable women and children overcome the challenges and trauma they have experienced, to live a safe and empowered life.

Leona said, “I owe my life to eve. They opened their arms to me, made me feel safe and looked after me. I had been isolated for so long I really thought that everyone hated me. I was scared. Thanks to eve, I’m now in a much better place and thanks to the court order they helped me to get, I know me, and my children are safe.”

eve has seen need increase significantly in the last three year, with almost double the number of people accessing their services since Covid.

Christine Morgan, CEO of eve, said, “We’re needed now more than ever before in our 40 years. Not only do we have more women like Leona who need our support, their needs are more complex. Our 40th anniversary not only allows us to celebrate our past achievements but raise awareness and money to ensure we’re here for the next 12,000 women who need us.”

eve will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with a black-tie gala dinner at the County Cricket Ground on Friday 2nd December. Tickets cost £65 each, for a drink’s reception and three course meal with entertainment – including live performances from jazz singer Nerissa Simmone and performance poet Kezzabelle. To book your tickets, visit Eventbrite.

For more information about the work of eve and their 40th anniversary, please contact Danusia Huh, Business and Marketing Manager:

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Cheque received from Weston Favell Village Show

Thank you so much to everyone involved in the Annual Weston Favell Village Show this year. They raised a fantastic

£750 for Eve, with many prize winners on the day donating their financial winnings to us. We are very grateful for these funds and very much appreciate all the hard work that went into raising them for us. We will use this money to provide educational, therapeutic and wellbeing activities for service users attending our Restored Programme.

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Afternoon Tea


Prepared, ready and waiting!


The cherry on the cake!

A massive THANK YOU to Broadmead Church for the wonderful tea they provided for our families last Thursday.

We have had a lot of positive feedback, included comments as follows:

“Really had a wonderful time, thank you”

Our staff felt that a wonderful atmosphere was created and the food provided was lovely and really appreciated. Our clients really enjoyed tea being served in cups and saucers as it was ‘a posh treat’ and they loved it. They also appreciated the individual bunches of flowers which were given to every woman to take away.