An incredible year for the Pankhurst Trust!
A festive AGM on 6 December was a fitting way to celebrate a year of achievements for The Pankhurst Centre and Manchester Women’s Aid. PTMWA Chair Louise Sutherland introduced guests Katie Ghose – campaigner, lawyer and Chief Executive of the Women’s Aid Federation of England, and Dr Kate Cook who heads up the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University and is an extensive researcher on the law on rape, child sexual abuse, domestic abuse and female genital mutilation. Dr Cook is also a long-term volunteer supporting women who have been victims of abuse.
Both spoke passionately about the compelling need to carry on the fight for equality in services which support women and girls who have been victims of violence and abuse, and acknowledged the hard work of Manchester Women’s Aid in continuing to offer support to women in Manchester.
Duncan Cavanagh, from Mosscare St Vincents Housing Group, also spoke about our partnership with the group, and their ongoing commitment to providing high quality refuges across the city.
The highlight of the evening was a moving presentation by women and their children who have been residents of our refuges, of artworks which expressed their journey from first arrival at the refuges, to the freedom and hope that they now experience. The women spoke of the absolute joy of hearing their children laughing across the room. That laughter was a constant – and uplifting – soundtrack to the AGM, from the accompanying party provided for our service users’ children.
The evening ended with shared food, and a showing of the crowdfunding film showcasing our plans for the Pankhurst Garden. Thank you to everyone who attended.