Foodbank Stories Project – Durham Women Rising

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Newly formed group, Durham Women Rising, will soon be releasing their Festival Programme, packed with events that encompass Valentine’s Day, International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day. Make sure to take a look! Whilst you wait for it fly hot off the press, here’s a little bit about who they are and what Durham Women Rising is all about.

Part of the programme will include collecting stories about the causes and impacts of food poverty in County Durham. As part of this, the Durham Unite Community Support Centre will be hosting drop-in sessions for women to come along and share their stories with Durham Women Rising. These sessions will be between 9:30 a.m and 12:30 p.m on these dates:

Mon 24 Feb and Tue 25 Feb
Mon 3 Mar and Tue 4 Mar

Download the full programme here

More Information about Durham Women Rising

Who We Are

We started life as part of a global movement to call for an end to violence against women and girls known as One Billion Rising. After a successful event in Durham Market Place last Valentine’s Day, featuring high profile speakers such as Vera Baird QC & reaching at least 500 people, the participating individuals and organisations formed a local organising group to plan for 2014.

In establishing our aims, we realised:

– we wanted to link the focus of challenging violence against women with the more celebratory focus of International Women’s Day;
– we wanted the scope to organise projects & events beyond just Valentine’s Day;
– there was value in itself in the formation of a Durham-based network of organisations & individuals supporting women in our various ways.

Our Aims as a Group

– Give women and girls a voice and showcase the breadth of what we are capable of
– Make sure women and girls aware of their rights to help them make informed choices
– Encourage women and girls to base their self-esteem in themselves rather than in relation to men
– Create solidarity amongst the women and girls of County Durham
– Challenge attitudes that underpin violence against women and girls
– Influence policy-makers in regard to violence against women and girls
– Help people understand what it is like to experience violence as well as other aspects of women’s experience that are particular to women

Who is involved?

Rape Crisis Durham & Darlington
Wear Valley Women’s Aid
Changing Relations
Jack Drum Arts
North East Women’s Network
Durham County Council
The Meadows Sexual Assault Referral Centre
Harbour Support Services
Let Toys Be Toys
It Happens Here
Durham University Feminism Society
Durham Feminist Forum
Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse
Durham Creatives
Durham Women’s Refuge Four Housing
Durham Constabulary
Soroptomists International Durham
Individual Campaigners

How We Work

It is very important to us as a group that we work co-operatively, maintaining an equal relationship amongst group members. Decisions are made collaboratively, respecting the breadth of knowledge, experience and expertise of our membership. Our membership is not exclusive: we are open to other women as well as organisations that support women. We very much believe that together we are stronger, so feel free to get in touch if you’d like to get involved! If you are interested in joining the Durham Women Rising organising team, or simply being kept informed of future plans and activities, please contact us at

Our independence is also key. Whilst we are proud to involve the relevant local authorities in our plans, we believe it is vital that we remain, to some extent, outside of the system. This allows us to maintain our guiding principles, function as a critical friend and hold the relevant local policy-makers to account.

Who Has Supported Us?

Durham City Area Action Partnership
Durham Police & Crime Commissioner
Durham University
Creative Darlington
A number of Durham County Councillors, which to date includes, Councillors Guy, Crute, Pounder, Wilson, Charlton, Richardson and Rowlandson.

County Durham Community Foundation have very kindly set up a Fund-Holding Account for us, called the Durham & Darlington Women’s Festival Fund, which is open for donations for anyone interested in enabling our plans to come to fruition. If you would like to make a donation, please contact us at


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