‘Women lost are not just statistics,’ says UIA Women’s Committee head

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MODEL RELEASED. Domestic violence. Silhouette of a woman protecting herself from a blow from her partner by holding her arms in front of her face.

Organisation to host tea fundraiser to fight domestic violence

United Indian Association’s Women Steering Committee is organising an afternoon tea and fundraiser event Sunday, 22 November, to help raise awareness and much needed funds to support White Ribbon Australia’s work to end men’s violence against women.

“The White Ribbon campaign is about recognising the positive role that men can play in preventing violence against women. It encourages men to challenge the attitudes and behaviors of a minority of men who use or condone violence against women” UIA President John Kennedy said.

“Violence against women is at epidemic proportions. On average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence,” UIA Steering Committee Chair Sumati Advani said.

“Murder is at the pointy end of a broad spectrum of violence against women. The spectrum of domestic violence encompasses financial, verbal, emotional, psychological, physical and sexual abuse, as well as workplace harassment. They all form part of a devastating cycle of violence,” she added.

“Women lost are not just statistics – they are wives, mothers, daughters, grand-daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, friends and colleagues. Most importantly, they are people, and the impact of the violence perpetrated against them is widespread and long-standing. Violence against women is never a private issue,” said Ms Advani.

She added that UIA is holding this event to help break community silence around violence, to raise awareness of the issue as well as raise valuable funds to support work to bring violence against women to an end. “We want people to know that violence against women is unacceptable, it is never the victim’s fault, help is always available and if you see something you should definitely say something. People need to know that they can make a difference; bringing an end to men’s violence against women will take a whole of community approach,” said Ms Advani.

The afternoon tea on 22 November will begin at 3pm at Coronation Club, 86 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW 2134. Cost per person is $25, which includes afternoon tea and snacks. All funds raised will be donated to the White Ribbon Movement to support primary prevention initiatives in schools, workplaces and the broader community.

Those who are unable to attend but wish to support the critical work of White Ribbon Australia in the prevention of men’s violence against women can also directly make a tax deductible donation at www.whiteribbon.org.au/donate. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Sumati Advani on 0417210268, Varsha Tembe on 0425216295, Mala Chandani 0400004809.

If you are experiencing violence or suspect someone else is, please contact 1800 RESPECT for advice and support. In an emergency, call the police on 000.

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