March 03, 2005

Bald Lady Alert

This lovely Swede is about to shave off all of her hair for charity. You might have seen posters about…

Astrid Nordin (the Women's Campaign Convenor and my housemate) is going to do this to raise money for Coventry Women's Haven, a refuge for women that are escaping domestic violence. This is obviously a very worthy cause, particularly because at least one out of every three women in the world has been beaten, forced into sex or abused in her lifetime.

Other scary statistics show that domestic violence is the major cause of death and disability for women and accounts for more death and ill-health than cancer and traffic accidents.
Two women per week are killed by a male partner or former partner in the UK.
Every minute the police in the UK receive a call about domestic violence, but it is estimated that only 35% of domestic violence is reported. On average, a woman is assaulted 35 times before her first call to the police.

We all know families that have been affected by domestic violence, and this is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to the lives of the people we see everyday around our home towns (because women rarely stay in the town they are living when they go to a refuge): the woman on the bus, the kids in the school playground, your teacher or even your relatives.

Donate at Union North Reception or give me your spare change next time you see me and I will pass it on to Astrid.

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