Women's Advocacy Project recognised at leading European conference

Two USW researchers have been awarded ‘best poster’ at a recent conference for their work to evaluate a new service, which supports women working in the sex industry or at risk of exploitation.

Sarah Wallace and Dr Carolyn Wallace have worked with SEWREC, a social justice charity in South East Wales, who are running the new Women’s Advocacy Project. The project offers support to women involved in the commercial sex industry or women at risk of sexual and/or financial exploitation. 

Sarah, who is a Research Assistant in the Faculty of Life Science and Education, said: “Our role is predominantly to facilitate and support the design and development of a system to meet the projects needs and oversee the on-going evaluation undertaken by the project staff themselves. The evaluation will help shape the design of the project, its evolution and report on its outcomes and impact.

“Through the use of a participatory evaluation design service user’s, stakeholders and project workers are key contributors to the design and delivery of the project.”

The Big Lottery Fund is funding the advocacy project for three years to run across Gwent. 

They were presented with the ‘best poster’ award at the WONCA Europe Conference 2017 in Prague at the end of June. The conference is aimed at general practitioners from Europe and elsewhere contributing to global awareness of the latest clinical primary care strategies and to the development of professional issues..