The Women’s Quilt is coming to Telford
A handmade quilt remembering women who were killed by their partners or ex-partners is coming to the White Ribbon town of Telford.
‘The Women’s Quilt’ was the idea of Cllr Roxanne Ellis, a borough councillor from Gedling in Nottinghamshire who brought it to Parliament on International Women’s Day to raise awareness of domestic abuse.
It is made up of 598 patches, one patch for each woman who was tragically killed by a current or former partner in the UK between 2009 and 2015; approximately two women a week.
People from around the country and even as far as New Zealand made a patch for each woman, representing them and their lives. The patches were then stitched together to make the final quilt.
The quilt was launched in 2017 and has since been on tour round the UK. It will appear at Southwater 1 in Telford on Saturday 27 October and Sunday 28 October.
Telford is the final appearance of its tour before, before it goes on permanent display at a location in the country still to be confirmed
Telford & Wrekin Council Cabinet Member Cllr Rae Evans said: “I hope that as many people as possible will take the opportunity to come along to Southwater 1 on 27 and 28 October. This quilt is so much more than a piece of art, it tells the story of domestic violence. Each patch is different and unique and related to someone who has died as a result of violence from their partner. Each patch has been made by someone connected to every victim and is symbolised in this quilt. It acts as a reminder that domestic abuse is still unfortunately the norm for too many women.
“Telford has been a white ribbon town for five years and it is therefore fitting for this quilt to be displayed here in the lead-up to White Ribbon Day on 25 November. Telford & Wrekin Council will continue to be committed to preventing domestic abuse.”
The quilt will be on display in Southwater 1 on Saturday 27 October (10am-5pm) and Sunday 28 October (11am-4pm).
For more information about The Women’s Quilt, please visit https://thewomensquilt.wordpress.com/
More information about the White Ribbon in the UK can be found here: https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/