SafeGirl first came about back in 2011, the brainchild of Andrea Clark, who, at the time, was concerned about the eldest of her four daughters starting to walk home from school alone. The month SafeGirl was launched, Andrea entered into the first of two highly abusive relationships, and five years on, escaped the second, realising that her head had never been in the right place to properly concentrate on a business, and also suffering from C-PTSD.
After months of therapy, self-discovery, and working on her own self-esteem, Andrea discovered the tools in which to empower herself, and wanted to share this message with other women. And that’s when the new improved SafeGirl mission was born. With a book soon to be published, written originally for her own four daughters, the mission is to educate girls and teens early on in life.
Building teen self-esteem encourages confidence, prevents our youngsters from entering into toxic relationships, and empowers them to become self aware and safety savvy when out and about.
By spreading the word via our SafeGirl Empowerment Events, and recruiting new SafeGirl sisters into our family, we can empower more and more girls and women to become more confident, financially independent, and belong to a tribe of like-minded supportive women - our SafeGirl family.
“I was in two abusive relationships and in both cases, once I had escaped, it was too late to report my assaults. A typical trait of an abuser is to try to make YOU look the guilty one or to try to silence you, and in fact, after finally escaping, I was cautioned for harassment of him, when I shared my story on social media. If an overall law of domestic violence was in place, or if the time to report an assault is extended, both my abusers would have been convicted. This is just my story. It's happening every day to hundreds of victims of abuse. It needs to change. Please sign our petition to Change the Law on Domestic Abuse.” Andrea Clark
The founder and managing director of SafeGirl, Andrea is a single mum to four beautiful girls, the inspiration behind the brand. Three of them now teenagers, there’s rarely a dull moment in the Clark household...mainly when she’s embarrassing them in front of their friends with her dance moves and singing. The last few years have been quite a journey, but she’s now stronger and eager to communicate all that she has learned - about toxic relationships, self-esteem, self-confidence and empowerment - not just to her own children but to anyone who will listen. A natural storyteller, she’s passionate about helping others stand on their own two feet and get the most out of life. Back home, she’s now on a new journey to discover healthy food and living after years trying (unsuccessfully) to stick to different diets. She at last realises that the true beauty was, and is, always on the inside.
“There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women”
Sam and Andrea have been friends since 2004, when their children started infant school together. Sam rolled up her sleeves and got stuck into school mum life admirably, soon becoming the head of the PTA and organising school events. She was a huge support to Andrea during her difficult years. As soon as Andrea emerged the other side, she knew Sam was going to be the best person to help spread the word and empower other women. When she’s not got her head stuck into spreadsheets and organising everyone, Sam is a fantastic baker and makes the most gorgeous cakes. She is married, a mum to Max and Madison, and enjoys her daily gym classes, as well as arguing with everyone on social media about politics and reality TV.
“Be a woman other women can trust. Have the courage to tell another woman direct when she has offended, hurt or disappointed you. Successful women have a loyal tribe of loyal and honest women behind them. Not haters. Not backstabbers or women who whisper behind their back. Be a woman who lifts other women.”
Sofia A Nelson
We are a DSA Prospective Member Company. Prospective members are those that have been recently elected to the DSA and are awaiting the compliance audit that precedes transfer to full membership status and permission to use the DSA logo. They have also been judged by the DSA to comply fully with UK law and given an undertaking to comply with DSA codes of conduct.