Freedom Charity has worked for the last decade to eradicate abusive practices in the UK but like many charities has been hit hard by the pandemic. We are urgently seeking funding to support victims and survivors of abusive practices such as virginity testing, forced marriage and dishonour abuse.
Launching the new campaign, Freedom’s founder Aneeta Prem emphasised the charity’s success over the last decade, including:
- Leading the campaign for Forced Marriage to be criminalised
- Reaching tens of thousands of vulnerable students through schools
- Rescuing hundreds of young people in danger of abuse
- Leading the recent charge to outlaw Virginity Testing
But she stressed that without financial support, this work could not continue. She said:
“For ten years, we have done amazing work, but in order to address abuses like virginity testing, we can’t continue to rely on the goodwill of volunteers. We desperately need to raise £25k to continue to deliver our services. Without this funding, we will have to reduce our services which may mean fewer young people rescued from abhorrent abuses like forced marriage and virginity testing. We will also be unable to campaign for changes to the law as we have in the past.
Over recent months, Freedom have appointed a new Board and agreed a new three year business plan to take us out of deficit and into surplus. But without funding to get started, it will be very difficult for the charity to put this plan into action – which is why help from supporters is desperately needed.
For ten years we have rescued the most vulnerable young people. Now we need people to give generously and help rescue us."
Donors who give more than £100 will receive one of our limited edition books, Cut Flowers or But Its Not Fair, signed by their author and our founder, Aneeta Prem, while donors of more than £50 will receive a video message from Aneeta.