Like in every community in Australia, the statistics around violence against women in my community are alarming. As today marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the beginning of 16 days of activism against gender based violence, I'd like to recognise some incredible organisations in my community who are doing wonderful things in this space.
Let's start with Got Your Back Sista, run by Mel and her amazing team. It provides relief to women and children escaping domestic violence and who are at risk of living below the poverty line. Their vision is to see women and children happy, thriving and living independently after escaping the trauma of violence. They work directly with domestic violence services and refuges to provide things like household items to help these women and children rebuild their lives. Volunteers help to set up their new, safe home, and there is one-on-one counselling with a mentoring program. I've got to say you looked absolutely fantastic dressed in white at the supercars; you were truly angelic.
Share the Dignity provides homeless and at-risk women with sanitary products to allow them a sense of dignity at a time when they need it most. Each Christmas they run the It's In The Bag campaign. I'm a donation point at 35 Sturgeon Street, Raymond Terrace. Bring a bag into my office and help these women.