International Women’s Day lunch results in $38,000 being made available to help hundreds of women and children
Belle Property hosted a morning tea at its new Harbour Street office on Thursday for the Illawarra International Women’s Day Committee to hand out more than $38,000 to five organisations who help women in the region.
On March 2 the business was the presenting partner for the 13th annual International Women’s Day Lunch attended by more than 750 people at WIN Entertainment Centre.
As this year’s International Women’s Day approaches, Kate McIlwain explores an Illawarra health centre fighting the daily battle against the risks of being a woman.
For Donna, it started with a quit smoking support group.
Two years ago, the 50-something mother had moved back to Barrack Heights after some time living away, and was convinced to attend the support group at the nearby Illawarra Women’s Health Centre.
”It took me three months to come here,” she remembers, sitting in the centre.
Ms Stevenson, Illawarra Women’s Health Centre general manager, said the 1800 RESPECT hotline had long been a ‘’critical support’’ for vulnerable women, and men, in the Illawarra.
However she said the Illawarra service would no longer be referring women to the 24/7 telephone counselling service after changes to the service model, and service provider.
Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVA) has historically been sub-contracted to the hotline by private provider Medibank Health Solutions (MHS), who runs the service on behalf of the Federal Government.
However RDVA has announced it will not renew its contract in October, due to new provisions which required it to record all calls and hand all its existing client files to MHS.
Ms Stevenson said she supported RDVA’s decision, sharing its concerns that such moves would impact on client confidentiality. More
A victim of domestic violence, the 35-year-old is now speaking up to help women like her understand the difference between a healthy and a harmful relationship.
Ms Charlesworth has Mosaic Down’s syndrome, a rare form of Down’s which usually presents with fewer symptoms than the classical form. More
Ms Stevenson said the Warilla-based centre was one of 21 women’s health centres in the state which would benefit from this week’s announcement by Sophie Cotsis, the opposition spokeswoman for the status of women.
Ms Cotsis said a Labor government would guarantee the NSW government’s current annual funding of $8.7 million for the centres, over the next five years. More
Illawarra Women’s Health Centre general manager Sally Stevenson said the changes could stop women suffering from domestic violence, sexual assault and mental illness seeking the help they needed.
“Our target group is vulnerable and marginalised women because we offer services at little to no cost,” she said. More