Sick of seeing cuts to women’s health in western Sydney, the politicians of tomorrow are taking matters into their own hands.
Greater Western Sydney Young Labor will host a White Ribbon Ball next Friday, November 24, at Blacktown Workers Club.
The entire proceeds of the event – which the organisers hope exceeds $3000 – will be donated to Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre.
The event is the brainchild of Justine Amin, the women’s officer for NSW Young Labor.
Growing up in Emerton and Mount Druitt, Ms Amin said there was little help for Arabic-speaking victims.
“Domestic violence is something that’s very personal to me, having experienced it myself, and I wanted to start something we can do on an annual basis,” she said.
“We want to be in constant communication with the people who run these organisations…it’s always hard to know exactly how you can help, but they can tell you what’s needed.”
Ms Amin said while the national conversation has progressed in recent years, there was still a distinct lack of funding for organisations supporting survivors.
GWS Young Labor president Adam Boidin said the organisation wanted to “talk the talk and walk the walk” in addressing family violence.
“This is a really important issue and the message needs to get out that our community doesn’t tolerate this sort of behaviour. And we need to be doing everything we can to support survivors of family violence,” he said.
“There’s been a lot of focus on what can we do practically, as young people in our area, to reach out and make sure that these services have the funding that they need.
“The reason I was so keen to do this was to make sure we were doing something that would affect real change in the lives of people in the area we live. That’s why we’re so passionate about it; because it’s our community.”
Chief executive Jhan Leach said the centre was grateful for the financial support, which would go toward the newly-established Women’s And Girls’ Emergency Fund.
The fund provides crisis support for women and children fleeing abuse, including safe transport, overnight accommodation and a voucher for groceries.
- Tickets are still available: eventbrite.com.au/e/white-ribbon-day-ball-tickets-38728719643