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Woman of the Week: Sandra Horley, Refuge

Nov 27, 2018

This month Avon is recognising the UN’s 16 Days of Activism , as part of our Promise to Help End Violence Against Women and Girls .

To celebrate the achievements already made in this area, and help raise awareness of how much is still to be done, we have chosen Chief Executive of Avon UK’s charity partner, Refuge as this week’s woman of the week.

Sandra Horley, CBE has been Chief Executive at Refuge, a UK national domestic violence charity that turns 40 this month, and is a recognised expert in this field and a pioneering writer. Her book ‘Power and Control’, first written 25 years ago, was republished last year, with the aim of raising awareness of domestic abuse, whilst providing an insight into the reality behind the mask of the ‘charming man’.

Sandra says, “I have worked at Refuge for nearly four decades and sadly still domestic abuse and gender-based violence are the greatest threats facing women around the world. In the UK one woman in four will experience domestic abuse at some point in her lifetime; in many other countries this figure is even higher.”

As the UK’s largest specialist provider of domestic and sexual violence against women and girls services, including modern slavery, Refuge sees the full impact of violence perpetrated against women. Sandra explains that “inequality is often the biggest obstacle to the safety, progress and economic independence of women and girls globally”.

“If I could be granted one wish, it would be to live in a world where our daughters and their daughters live free from discrimination and violence. I would like to commend the work Avon does for women’s economic empowerment, and their safety. These important programmes seek to address and raise awareness of the issues that can prevent women from having the opportunity to achieve their full potential.”


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