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40 Voices, 40 Years

Forty Voices, Forty Years is a heritage project led by Welsh Women’s Aid in collaboration with the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales.

We recognise that women’s memories, voices and lives are written out of national heritage

Because of this, our Project Associate has been visiting women across Wales who have been involved in the Women’s Aid movement over the past 40 years, recording their fascinating stories.

Alongside preserving these stories, we have also been collected objects from people and organisations who have been involved in the movement. Objects include protest banners, handmade posters and t-shirts, leaflets from past years and more!

Do you have an object? Get in touch!

The stories and collected materials are being showcased in the Forty Voices, Forty Years touring exhibition and preserved on an online gallery hosted by the People’s Collection Wales.

View the touring exhibition dates here:

Forty Voices, Forty Years Touring Exhibition 2018 – 2019

We hope that this project will commemorate the work of these women over the past forty years, but also enhance understanding of the movement to stop violence against women in Wales, but also improve community knowledge about these types of abuse and our work to prevent it. We also want to encourage reflection on our future priorities as a movement, as we work towards our shared goal of eradicating violence against women once and for all.

Get involved

Anyone who has had a connection with ending violence against women in Wales, or Welsh Women’s Aid at some point during our history, can get in touch. We also welcome women interested in becoming volunteers to support the project as it develops across Wales. To find out more, contribute your story or volunteer, email: tinareece@welshwomensaid.org.uk or emily.underwood-lee@southwales.ac.uk

To find out how you can get involved with #Future40 – the campaign we have launched as part of Forty Voices, Forty Years – please click here.

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee, Research Fellow at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling:

“We believe that sharing stories enables us to hear the voices of those who have often been omitted from the history books. The stories collected in the Forty Voices, Forty Years project will give us a chance to reflect on who we are, where we have come from and what we want to be. Sharing stories can create community and a greater understanding of one another through listening to the tales that make us who we are.”

“I am looking forward to working with all the women whose important stories we hope to preserve and celebrate. If people would be happy to help us with this work by sharing stories and memories then we would be really pleased to hear from them.”

We are grateful for the generous support of our funders enabling this project to go ahead, including Heritage Lottery Fund, the Big Lottery Fund’s National Lottery Awards for All and Hanfod Cymru

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