The Traveller Movement and the GRT Women’s Empowerment Network hold exclusive event in parliament to mark International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) Women’s Empowerment Network will meet in the House of Lords to promote GRT women’s equality. The event will kindly be hosted by Baroness Coussins on behalf of the Traveller Movement, and will hear from several prominent members of the GRT women’s network, as well as MPs and peers and members of the legal profession.

The GRT Women’s Empowerment Network (WEN), which has been supported by the Traveller Movement for the last two years, are a group of women from GRT communities who campaign across various areas of public life. The WEN work together and separately to raise awareness of everything from barriers to social care or education, access to justice, domestic abuse, suicide and mental health, and antigypsyism.

In addition to hearing from the WEN, attendees will be treated to an exclusive clip from the recently filmed “Never Going to Beat You”, a drama based on Traveller women’s real life experiences of domestic abuse, produced by Crispy Biscuit Films and written with the late playwright Jennie Buckman from Giants Theatre Company.

The film – which will be officially released in the autumn – is an important awareness raising tool highlighting not only the complexity of domestic abuse but the prejudice experienced by women of the Traveller communities when leaving abusive relationships.

Yvonne MacNamara, CEO of the Traveller Movement, says:

We are delighted to celebrate the GRT Women’s Empowerment Network today, and we are very excited to show an exclusive clip from the recently filmed drama Never Going to Beat You. This has been a real labour of love for the Traveller Movement, Crispy Biscuit Films and Giants Theatre Company. This is such an important issue for the women’s network, and one which will be a major focus of our advocacy work over the next few months.

Members of the Women’s Empowerment Network are available for interview and quotes. Please call on 0207 607 2002



Patricia Stapleton

Partnerships Manager

Traveller Movement


M: 0207 607 2002