Here’s a great story in the spirit of the festive season.
Melbourne-based academic and human rights advocate Sekai Shand has spent the majority of the last 25 years working in various international disaster zones.
But she recently returned home to the African village where she was raised to perform her most important mission yet - helping the women of her village overcome poverty and violence through self-sufficiency.
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Australians are bombarded with advertising and initiatives from governments educating the public about health risks. Smoking kills. Occupational health and safety regulations are law. “Is gambling a problem for you?”
It makes sense, educating the public on health issues saves money in the long run, is preventative and reduces risks. And yet one of the most pervasive, damaging and normalised threats to public health remains taboo and largely unaddressed.
Violence against women is a critical human rights and public health issue. One in three women will experience violence in her lifetime. It is normalised, domesticated and prevalent.
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