City soroptimists gather to mark International Women’s Day

GROUPS gathered in Salisbury to mark International Women’s Day – and to raise awareness of domestic abuse.
Braving morning snow showers, a hardy group of Salisbury Soroptimists gathered in Market Square, joined by the Mother’s Union, a delegation from Godolphin School and others who came along to show support.
The event was organised by FearLess, a charity that supports victims of domestic and sexual violence.
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day was ‘Equity for All’, so the women joined hands in a circle: Link for Equity.
In the style of the ‘Hokey Cokey’ they all walked into the centre shouting out slogans of ‘No to domestic Violence’ and ‘Equity for All’.
“This is one of many strands of our Women’s Safety Initiative,” said Liz Batten, of Salisbury Soroptimists.
“We want to make more people aware of the signs of domestic abuse, in particular employers. We hope that local firms will train their employees to spot the signs and offer their colleagues help or direct them to organisations that can help.”
The group then formed a circle around the sculptural installation by Standing with Giants to show solidarity and sympathy with the women of Ukraine and all that they are suffering.
Later, Salisbury mayor, Cllr Tom Corbin arrived to show his solidarity.
One woman who had been helped by FearLess to escape a coercive relationship also came along to be part of the event.

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