22 for ’22: Celebrating Swindon & Wiltshire’s Most Inspiring Women

By Anita Jaynes on 7 March, 2022

We’re celebrating Swindon and Wiltshire’s most inspiring women to mark International Women’s Day 2022 which this year takes place on Tuesday 8th March.

Through our social media channels, we asked our readers which women in our community inspire them and created a list of 22 for ’22. The list is printed in our Feb/March magazine and from Tuesday 1st March, each weekday throughout the month we are profiling and championing each of these fantastic women online and via our social feeds.

Today we put the spotlight on Val Huxley.

Val Huxley is the CEO of People against Poverty, a charity based in Devizes that works to help change lives by releasing communities from poverty. 

Her passion is to make a difference to those who are unable to make the difference themselves, being the voice for the voiceless and helping communities to grow and develop so that they can become self-sustaining. 

People against Poverty has projects in Haiti, India, Malawi, Nepal, Romania, Tanzania and in the UK.

Its most recent appeal is an emergency campaign to help with the relocation of Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion of their country.

The charity is aiming to raise £20,000 between 2nd-8th March 2022 to safely place families forced out of Ukraine by Russia’s attack.

People against Poverty’s Way of Joy project in Romania is looking to put provisions in place to initially support up to 30 mothers and children from Ukraine into the church building and then take these displaced families into their own homes, providing a sense of security during highly uncertain times.

To find out more about People against Poverty visit www.peopleagainstpoverty.com and to donate to the Ukraine appeal click here.

For more information about International Women’s Day visit: www.internationalwomensday.com This year’s theme is Break the Bias. Follow the conversation on social using the hashtag #BreakTheBias