Sanskriti Sanghi

Annual Report 2023-24

Message from our Executive Director

It is with immense pride and gratitude that I present this summary of Southall Black Sisters’ activities for the year 2023-2024. This period has been one of significant challenges and profound achievements as we continued our mission to support and empower Black, minoritised and migrant women facing gender-based abuse.

The socio-political climate in which we operate has been marked by increasing economic pressures, ongoing debates around immigration and the pervasive impacts of systemic racism. These factors have intensified the vulnerabilities of the women we serve, necessitating a robust and dynamic response from our organisation.

Throughout the year, Southall Black Sisters has expanded its support services, providing critical support to 5,472 callers through our national helpline and over 800 women through direct funded projects. Our dedicated team has worked tirelessly to offer legal advice, counselling and emergency accommodation, ensuring that each woman receives the holistic wraparound support she needs to rebuild her life.

In response to the heightened demand for our services, we have also launched several new initiatives. Our community outreach programs have been particularly successful, engaging with local groups to raise awareness about domestic abuse and the resources available. Additionally, we have strengthened our partnerships with other organisations, amplifying our advocacy efforts to challenge discriminatory policies and practices.

Despite the adversities, our resilience has shone through. We have continued to advocate for policy changes at both local and national levels, ensuring that the voices of marginalised women are heard in the corridors of power. Our campaigns have focused on securing better protection for victim-survivors of domestic abuse and addressing the unique challenges faced by migrant women.

As we reflect on the past year, it is clear that our work is more crucial than ever. The unwavering support from our donors, volunteers and partners has been instrumental in enabling us to carry out our mission. Together, we have navigated turbulent times, emerging stronger and more determined to create a just and equitable society.

Looking ahead, Southall Black Sisters remains steadfast in our commitment to justice, equality and empowerment. We will continue to adapt and innovate, ensuring that we provide the highest level of support to the women who rely on us.

Thank you for supporting us on this vital journey.

With solidarity and hope,

Selma Taha
Executive Director
Southall Black Sisters

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