Kilburn V-Woman Convention

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Friday 26th April 2013

Women from all over the UK will be converging on the former National cinema building in Kilburn High Road, now a UCKG HelpCentre, this Saturday with the aim of becoming better and happier versions of themselves.

The occasion is the V-Woman Convention, which centres on Christiane Cardoso’s philosophy for modern women, as described in her book, The V-Woman, a celebration of modern post-feminist femininity.

Believing that you can’t have it all, but can do better than that, the convention will be developing the idea that women have first to learn to value themselves as women, with the emphasis on practical experiences and personal achievement.

“It is good that females have achieved so much in terms of equality in the workplace and education over the last fifty years and have proved that they can excel in virtually every area of endeavour,” said the convention organiser Flavia Barcelos.

“But at what price? So many women don’t know how to manage inner happiness and self belief and simply fail to see their own worth.  Taking on both men’s and women’s roles as proof of equality is not necessarily helpful when it means that women lose touch with their femininity,” she added.

Four presenters, with UK and international experience of their subject, will lead the convention.  They are Nanda Bezerra, a presenter on the DKW show on My Channel Sky 203, Flavia Barcelos, Talents Rethebe and Ana Lacerda.

While dealing with persistent and deep-seated social issues, all four are focus on the concept that inner confidence and self-esteem are linked to looking good, and living one’s values and principles.

The presenters have expertise in supporting pregnant teenagers, young single mothers and women of all ages who have been subject to domestic abuse and, most importantly, the issues that often underlie such predicaments.  Currently they work through the UCKG HelpCentre’s women’s groups, Godllywood, led by Nanda Bezerra, and RAHAB for domestic abuse victims.

Flavia Barcelos, for instance focuses on problems linked to a sense of insecurity, and supports women who are experiencing the trouble, pain and frustration that goes with a lack of trust in their situation and relationships.

Ana has worked with young women suffering from depression, and traumas in both the UK and Brazil.  She helps them to discover that happiness does not depend on nightclubs, partying, drugs and multiple relationships through the development of positive personal values.

Talents Rethebe, from Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, has expertise in the way gender equality issues trap women in abusive and loveless relationships in her home country.  Her UK area of interest is parental control and the way women raise their children, with the aim of empowering these women and helping them mend their broken families.


Note to editors:

DKW Show takes the innovative view that women don’t have to follow today’s unhelpful if popular trends to be accepted, but that real beauty comes through being different.  Viewers gain a light-hearted, sensitive and informative peek into what it means to be a woman in the 21st century in a show that delves into such topics as love and romance, careers, health, family and self-motivation.

Godllywood supports girls and women in choosing their life values wisely.  It helps women develop and restore family ties that have withered under the pressures of modern life in the context of confident and fulfilling lives.

RAHAB (Removing All Hurt And Abuse) is a Community Group set up to reach out to women who are victims of domestic violence and abuse. It is run by volunteers and helps women by giving them a chance to express themselves and by providing practical advice on how to rebuild their lives and their families.

For further information please contact the UCKG HelpCentre Press Officer via e-mail on or direct line 020 7686 6033.

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