Today, on International Women’s Day, it is a time to celebrate the many achievements of the women who have come before us and those walking amongst us. To the Malala Yousafzai’s, the Maya Angelou’s, the Marcia Langton’s, and all of our everyday unsung heroines – we thank you.
However, it is also a day to reflect on the sad reality that so many of our mothers, sisters and daughters have been and continue to be the victims of domestic and family violence and sexual assault. In Australia, domestic or family violence is the single largest driver of homelessness for women, and results in a police call-out on average once every two minutes across the nation. Gender-based violence has an enormous impact, and is the reason why services like DVConnect are needed by so many. DVConnect received over 110,000 calls across our Womensline, Sexual Assault Line and Mensline last year alone.
So this is a call to stand together, to acknowledge the significant strides that we have made in the name of equality, and also to remind all of you that every woman is extraordinary and can accomplish extraordinary things.
Happy International Women’s Day everyone. From the Team at DVConnect. ... See MoreSee Less