By Us, For You & With You in Mind.
MISSION & HISTORY.
HERSANA CIC (formerly known as The ASKFirst Campaign) was founded in 2016 by survivor and Black feminist, Christabel Yeboah, to raise awareness around rape culture and advocate for survivors of sexual violence.
Can I be honest with you? At the time, we didn't know what we were getting ourselves into. We didn't have a business plan. We weren't even registered. All we knew is that we wanted to create safe spaces. We wanted to radiate a small amount of light to the millions of women and girls who felt like we did - so that's exactly what we did.
For four years, the project reached out to thousands of women and girls in England, Germany and Ghana. Our journey was a reel adorned with memories, realities and endless opportunities. The reality of that was and still is that there are many Black women and girls who will not have the opportunity or the chance to access safe spaces designed by them, for them and with them in mind. We wanted to bridge that gap and be a catalyst for change.
After five years, we launched the first national Gender-Based Violence Support Service for Black women and girls. HERSANA CIC, a not-for-profit organisation working to end violence against women and girls in all its forms whilst providing holistic support to Black femmes who have experienced any form of gender-based violence by providing counselling, (group) therapy, advocacy, outreach, training and workshops, and practical support services.
It was hard for us to even construct our 'About Us' page until we realised that HERSANA is about YOU.
Our mission is to create holistic, gender-specialist, culturally specific and trauma-informed safe spaces for Black femmes affected by or at risk of gender-based violence across England and Wales, as well as campaign to eradicate violence against women and girls in all its forms. We aim to centre Black women in every narrative and to provide these services in a safe and Black femme only environment.
We believe that safe spaces like our own can provide a sanctuary from the world of facades, a sacred space where we, Black femmes, can be ourselves, as we are. This kind of unmasking – speaking our truth, sharing our inner struggles, and revealing our raw edges – is sacred activity.
This space has been created in response to oppression. Black spaces are vital for Black survival, resistance and healing.
We matter! We are always a priority and our feelings are valid!
At heart, we are a network of unapologetic Black feminists creating safe spaces for Black women and with Black women in mind. We believe that there will come a day where no one ever has to feel violated again. We thank you for your support and ongoing fight for justice in today's world.
Meet the amazing organisations who have supported us and are at the heart of this great NPO. We are delighted to have a dynamic range of innovative and supportive companies sponsor HERSANA. Our sponsors make it possible for us to bring each and every client the best and most helpful services. We have come together from various backgrounds in order to create a safe and supportive space and journey for YOU.