UIA White Ribbon Fundraiser event carries a key message on Domestic violence


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United Indian Association’s Women Steering Committee organised an afternoon tea and fundraiser event on Sunday 22 November 2015 at Coronation Club Burwood to raise awareness and much needed funds to support White Ribbon Australia’s work to end 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 effectively challenge the attitudes and behaviours of a minority of men who use or condone violence against women” UIA President John Kennedy said.
Chair of Women’s Steering Committee, Sumati Advani said, “Even in a modern and developed country such as Australia, domestic violence statistics are shocking and totally unacceptable. One woman is killed every week and that is one too many. Intimate partner violence is the cause in most cases”. “Violence against women is never a private issue. Domestic violence is never acceptable and justifiable. We need to break community silence around violence, to raise awareness of the issue as well as raise valuable funds to support work being undertaken to bring violence against women to an end. We want people to know that violence against women is unacceptable, the fight against domestic violence is everybody’s business and personal duty of care”.
Speakers on the day included MP for Strathfield, Jodi McKay, White Ribbon Ambassador Mohit Shukla, Youth Voices of White Ribbon Divya Dhingra and Akshay Raj and Burwood Domestic Violence Liaison Officer Erica Remai. A number of sponsors included Harvey Norman at Domayne Alexandria, Pauls Pharmacy Harris Park, Bass Hill and Beaumont Hills, Paul McKenzie White Ribbon Ambassador, Usha Salagame and Vivien Fletcher of Biscotti on the Run.
The houseful event was organised by UIA Women’s Steering Committee members Sumati Advani (Chair), Dr Varsha Tembe, Dr Anju Aggarwal, Dr Nagamma Prakash, Shalini Ponnaiya, Mala Chandani and Honey Rupani.

The Indian Telegraph Sydney Australia

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