“Violence against women and girls has become so acute and so prevalent that it has effectively become a gender or sexual-based war. By setting up Action Breaks Silence, working initially in India but now across the world, I hope to give life-changing options to women and girls at risk and provide help and hope wherever we are asked to teach.”
I was appointed as the Chief Executive of Action Breaks Silence in October 2014.
Having attended a number of Debi Steven’s workshops and become intrinsically involved in funding and supporting her first year’s work, I decided to give up my 30 year career as a strategic communications adviser – most recently, as a Senior Managing Director and Head of the Real Estate practice at FTI Consulting – to devote my time and experience to the charity full time, with effect from January 2015.
My heartfelt belief is that every woman and girl, wherever or however she lives, has the right to feel empowered and safe. I also believe that the societies and communities in which they live should take responsibility for supporting those at risk and engendering real improvements to societal attitudes and in the provision of support to the survivors of violence.
My particular excitement about the work of Action Breaks Silence, however, is its holistic approach,
which is clearly illustrated by the fact that we have a two-tiered educational programme - one for women and girls and the second for young boys, with the latter squarely focused at preventing the development of abusive or violent behaviour.
My key objective as the Chief Executive of Action Breaks Silence is to ensure that the delivery of our work is achieved and expanded in an effective, compassionate and sustainable way, bringing tangible and lasting change to individuals and communities across the world.