VINDICATE, a new project from Cohort 4
In 2014 a group of our women got together to discuss a need and a project specifically for women affected by the criminal justice system in North Warwickshire. This group were fed up with being ‘done to’ and wanted something of their own, a group where they could be supported to lead a positive lifestyle, and to support others to do so in a non time limited, creative, peer mentoring model. In 2016 at last, that plan and hope is realised in the start of a new project from Cohort 4 – Vindicate.
Vindicate was chosen as the project name after taking inspriation from Mary Wollstonecraft, who was an English writer who advocated for women’s equality. Her book A ‘Vindication of the Rights of Woman’ commended educational reforms and this is where our project name Vindicate came from. Mary was a feminist writer and it has been said that her father was an abusive man, given this experience and after her mother’s death in 1780, Mary went on to earn her own money and become an independent woman.