“What have you done today to make you feel proud?”

28 October 2014

“What have you done today to make you feel proud?”

A catchy lyric from the song 'Proud' by Heather Small?

The anthem adopted for London’s Olympic bid for 2012 ?

 

Or something which summed up the feelings of the women and staff of women@thewell attending the Centre for Social Justice( CSJ) awards on 23rd October 2014 as their work was recognised and celebrated.

Over 350 people attended the gathering, held in London.  The Centre for Social Justice CSJ, is a think- tank, founded by former conservative party leader and current Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, with the stated aim of putting social justice concerns at the heart of UK political life.

In particular, they focus on issues which keep people trapped in cycles of poverty such as debt, lack of educational opportunities, addictions and mental health issues.
 
 Women@thewell was one of six organisations whose work with those on the margins was acknowledged. It was a very proud moment for all involved with the project when Sr. Lynda Dearlove accepted the Michael Duncan award, given in honour of one of the original staff at CSJ.

His wife, Nicola, made the presentation and said women@thewell was a charity of which her late husband would have been very supportive.

Sr. Lynda, in her acceptance speech, highlighted how difficult it is for women in prostitution to escape from the cycles of violence, addiction and hopelessness without the sustaining support and care that charities such as women@thewell provide. By criminalising women involved in prostitution, society makes it much harder for them to even think of changing their lives. She stated:

 women@thewell favoured what is called the Nordic Model of policing prostitution which, put very simply, is where it is the buyers of sex and not the women in prostitution who are criminalised.

Women@thewell was given £10,000 by CSJ to help sustain and build on their inspiring and innovatative work. 
 
I look into the window of my mind
Reflections of the fears I know I've left behind
I step out of the ordinary, I can feel my soul ascending
I'm on my way, can't stop me now and you can do the same, yeah!

What have you done today to make you feel proud?
It's never too late to try
What have you done today to make you feel proud?


From the Song  'Proud' by Heather Small & Peter John Vettese 
The anthem adopted for London’s Olympic bid for 2012

For further information and pictures of the event  click here

 

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