Claudia Ferreira da Silva – Individual Award Nominee – 2006

In 1981 Claudia founded the London Centre for Personal Safety, a charity providing advice and training in personal safety and self-defence. She is a pioneer in this field, and has fundraised tirelessly to make the training free and available to those most in need. She campaigns with like minded organisations to raise the issue of male violence and put it to the forefront of the debate. She has fought to dispel the prejudice which blames women for the violence they suffer, and to counter the personal safety advice which seeks to curtail their freedom. In recent years, Claudia has been working with Casa Amiga to raise international awareness of the extreme violence – torture, abduction and murder of women in Juarez, Mexico.