"We want to be the generation that ends gender-based violence and abuse and a big part of that is working with communities to tackle these issues and create change. "
Maryam Rana, Savera UK Youth Advisory Board Chair
Young people will have the chance to address local and regional leaders on the work being done to address the issues of violence and abuse in communities, at a ‘Question Time’ style event on Thursday 10th June (5pm - 7pm, online).
In light of recent events, including the violent deaths of Sarah Everard, Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, Savera UK Youth and other young activists, will put their questions to a panel of community leaders and representatives.
The panel will include Labour MP Kim Johnson, Tracey Gore, Chair of Liverpool's Race Equality Task Force, David Derefaka, a BME Community Development Officer working in St Helens, Manchester Cllr Rabnawaz Akbar, Kieran Bohan, from Open Table Network and Afrah Qassim, CEO & Founder of Savera UK.
The evening will include a discussion on the impact that the issue of violence and abuse has on the community and our youth, as well as how local groups and communities are working towards eradicating them.
The event will be chaired by Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director of Diversity Marketplace and diversity and inclusion lead. Key questions will come from young people and have the opportunity to submit questions ahead of the event. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask further questions in a Q&A session.
Speaking ahead of the event, Savera UK Youth Advisory Board Chair, Maryam Rana said: “We want to be the generation that ends gender-based violence and abuse and a big part of that is working with communities to tackle these issues and create change.
“By opening the discussion in this event, we hope to raise awareness of the issues and find ways that we can all work together to drive change.”
Tracey Gore added: “Violence and abuse is on the rise, the horrific murders of women; rising levels of domestic abuse; the increase in hate crime and the abuse and grooming of our young people in the drugs and sex trafficking trade.
“These acts of violence are happening in communities across the country. It is important that we give our young people the opportunities to have their voices heard and I am really pleased that Savera UK Youth panel are holding this event, at a critical time for us all.”
To get tickets to the event visit: https://register.enthuse.com/ps/event/QuestionTimewithSaveraUKYouth