Talk Enables Change: Charity Debate

Talk Enables Change: Charity Debate
10 Oct 2014 at 06:00 pm
10 Oct 2014 at 09:00 pm
Free Word Centre
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road,

October 10th is World Mental Health Day, and The Maya Centre is celebrating 30 years of providing counselling and psychological support to women affected by gender related violence.

After three decades of doing this work they are asking:

Why does the abuse of women persist in the 21st Century?  

How can we break the cycle of violence against women?

The guest panel is made up of a cross section of women who campaign and support women’s rights within their field.


FEMI OTITUNJI, Director at Challenge Training Consultancy. Co-Chair of Women’s Aid and Equality & Human Rights Activist.


LEYLA HUSSEIN, Psychotherapist/Lead Anti FGM Campaigner & Consultant. Co-founder of Daughters of Eve, Hawa’s Haven and Dahlia Project.
NATALIE BENNETT, Leader of the Green Party for England and Wales. Trustee of the Fawcett Society.
LOUISE HOWARD, (BSc MSc MPhil PhD MRCP MRCPsych), Professor in Women’s Mental Health whose recent publication includes Domestic Violence and Perinatal Mental Health
VERA BAIRD QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, and Co-Director of Astraea: Gender Justice (Research & Education).
JILL DAWSON, Award-winning Author. Teaches Creative Writing for the Faber Academy and the Guardian/UEA Masterclasses. Also has an active interest in domestic violence issues.
DEANA PUCCIO, Co-Founder of Teenage Rape Awareness & Prevention  along with Allison Havey.

Special Guest Performer

INDIGO WILLIAMS, Poet, Spoken Word Educator, founder of I Shape Beauty, a project that aims to encourage women to ‘reclaim, define and own their power through workshops and artistic projects.’

This debate, with some of the most knowledgeable women working in the area of women’s mental health and violence against women, is a key conversation for anybody concerned with the subject matter. It will also let you know more about the valuable work of the Maya Centre, and all proceeds will go to raising funds to support more counselling sessions for vulnerable women.

A minimum donation of £10 is suggested to help the charity continue their essential work.

Rebecca Swift, TLC Director, is a Trustee of the Maya Centre. TLC is proud to support the valuable work of the charity and to host this important debate. For further information about The Maya Centre, please visit the website.