Inspiring Priya raising awareness of violence against women

Priya Sidharh outside Morley Town Hall. Picture by Scott Merrylees.
Priya Sidharh outside Morley Town Hall. Picture by Scott Merrylees.
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A determined law student who has overcome a history of abuse wants to celebrate the support out there for vulnerable women in Leeds.

Priya Sidharh, who lives in Armley, is urging people to unite in support of her VDay Leeds event at Morley Town Hall, which will celebrate the work of eight local charities helping women faced with violence on Sunday from 3.30pm.

The 25-year-old spent much of her youth in care before rallying to gain an education in the face of depression. She set up the event after hearing of the One Billion Rising campaign that was sparked by the UN statistic that one in three women will be raped or seriously beaten in their lifetime.

Now training to become a barrister while working with young girls affected by child sexual exploitation, Priya is appealing for people to back Leeds’ wealth of charities.

She told the YEP: “While I am able to continue to face the world and work hard to try to realise my ambitions, I find it important to tell raise awareness of violence that is occurring around us.”

Charities including Behind Closed Doors, Genesis and Karma Nirvana will be present at VDay Leeds, which will include live music performances, dance, poetry and a CD launch.

Priya added: “There’s help for people to know about. That’s a huge social step towards helping people affected by violence.”

Entry to VDay Leeds is £10 for adults and £7 for children. Visit for details.