In light of the 16 Days of Activism, we have released a series of articles, emails and social media posts highlighting the importance of this campaign and the movement towards eliminating violence against women. To end violence against women, we need to challenge attitudes that perpetuate and normalise that violence, and deny women’s right to safety.
Our individual activism begins with addressing ignorance both within ourselves and within those around us while encouraging the understanding and sharing of purpose. Knowledge is the epitome of change, and to put change into effect, it is necessary that issues are realized and emphasised.
Begin your activism by learning more.
The 16 Days of Activism: Explained (Facebook)
Message from Acting CEO (Facebook)
Message from Acting CEO (Article)
Types of abuse: Social violence (Facebook)
The Shadow Pandemic (Facebook)
Reach out (Facebook)
16 Days of Activism (Facebook)
Gender-based Violence (Facebook)
This blogathon, hosted by genderED at the University of Edinburgh, the Gendered Violence Research Network at the University of New South Wales and the Centre for Publishing at Dr B R Ambedkhar University Delhi, features writers and activists reporting on Gender Based Violence worldwide as part of the global 16 Days of Activism Campaign.
MWA CEO, Maha Krayem Abdo OAM, writes about Bringing Back Hope, recognising the importance of learning, understanding, and acknowledging the personal experiences of women in order to effect change.
Hope Over Fear Report
MWA is excited and humbled to have launched its publication entitled “Hope over Fear”. This important report captures the work we’ve done for and with the community in the era of COVID-19. At a time of much despair, pain and hardship, MWA once again stepped up to do what it does best: deliver for a community in need.
This report highlights the key issues that have affected communities over the period of July to September 2021 with a focus on direct service responses that MWA engaged in, and the various ways MWA has been listening to, responding to and supporting communities for over 30 years.
Launch of MWA Youth Advisory Committee
In moving towards the elimination of gender-based violence, we highlight the significance of engaging young women, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to support and advocate, not just for themselves, but for their community at large.
Lockdown 2021 was a challenge for all, especially for CALD youth, and it was in the midst of lockdown that MWA decided it was time to form our own Youth Advisory Committee (MYAC). In forming MYAC, our young people commit to addressing communal issues, sharing their perspectives and experiences, and putting forward recommendations and initiatives to MWA, while MWA, as an organization empowering women and encouraging authentic leadership, commits to listening to the voices of our young people, allowing them to be heard, allowing them to make a change and most importantly, allowing them to pave the way.
On Friday the 3rd of December 2021, MYAC actioned their first initiative – creating youth care and wellbeing packs for MWA support clients. The decision to kick off MYAC by giving back to the community is a clear indication of what MYAC stands for and promotes, that together we are better.
Hope and Heal Vigil
Every year on the 25th of November, Hope and Heal hosts a vigil in Sydney to honour the lives of women and their children who have been killed by domestic homicide. This event is attended by community leaders who stand alongside each other in solidarity and we are humbled to have partaken in such a meaningful event.
MWA CEO, Hajeh Maha Krayem Abdo, shared a special message during the Vigil, recognising the need for healing and hope in order to effect change and sincerely move forward in unity.