Shakti International News & Events

Shakti Celebrates 20 Years!

July 17, 2015

Join Shakti to celebrate our 20 years of serving Asian, African and Middle Eastern women, children and young people in New Zealand, Australia and internationally.

Find an event near you and bring your family & friends!

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Shakti Tauranga -White Ribbon Fundraiser

November 21, 2014

Shakti Tauranga is hosting a fundraising dinner on the occasion of White Ribbon Day.

When: Saturday 22nd Nov @ 6.30pm

Where: Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga

Come and join us in support and enjoy our buffet!

Click here for the flyer.

 

 

Wellington Fundraiser

November 21, 2014

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“Folktree has kindly offered to organise a fundraiser for Shakti Wellington in support of our refuge! The event is going to take place in Wellington, with 4 musicians lined up to play atBaobab Cafe (Newtown) on Thursday next week, including Wellingtonian singer, Amiria Grenell, currently on tour in the South Island. There will be a silent auction of some beautiful Gond artworks (created by artists from an indigenous group in India) and selling books from an independent publisher in Chennai (Tara Books).

Click here for the facebook event, and this is the folktree webpage which explains a bit about the books and the artworks.”

So come along for some great music, artworks and awesome time.

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March to change New Zealands Shame – 15th September 2014

September 11, 2014

Date: Monday, 15th September 2014

Time: 12 Noon

Where: From Civic Square, down Lambton Quay to parliament steps

Help us create an impact nationally by uniting with us and organising your own march in your area. Below is some information that will help you in doing this.


Download the march kit here


Key areas to find further information are

The official March event page | https://www.facebook.com/events/262623497261224/

Women’s Refuge Facebook page | https://www.facebook.com/womensrefugenz

Women’s Refuge Official website | https://www.womensrefuge.org.nz/

For any further information or questions please email Claire at info@refuge.org.nz

Event overview

  • A United Call to Action Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence in New Zealand
  • The march will take place on Monday 15th of September 2014, between 12.00pm-15.00pm.
  • The march will begin in Civic Square Wellington, where participants will gather at 11am and prepare for the March to begin.
  • At 12.00pm the march will begin, we will walk down the length of Lambton Quay, its finish point will be the Parliament steps.
  • Kate Sheppard was New Zealand’s most prominent suffragette. Now 132 years on, Women’s Refuge hopes Ms Sheppard’s image will help reduce domestic abuse against women and children. “We need to all stand up and we need to call for action, and so recognising Kate’s achievement is about calling for action as she did,” says Women’s Refuge chief executive Heather Henare.
  • The Kate Sheppard statue will be presented to the Government on the steps of parliament
  • Key speakers will talk to the crowd and deliver our key messages.

Planning your own march? Great!

We value your support and commitment and we want you to remain safe and keep to your local council’s rules in relation to holding a public march.

If you are planning your own march then please use the same day and times as the details listed above.

If you are having a march where you will meet and stay at one particular area with your banners and chants, check with your council if there are any specific requirements for the use of this area

If you plan to do a street march or footpath march to a specific place, it is best to contact your council for details and requirements/restrictions.

What you need on the day

  • Banners
  • Chants
  • A designated leader or leaders to rally together the attendees and motivate them
  • Designated marshals who are easily identified and help keep the crowd safe

What do we want from this march?

 

  • We want politicians, the media and members of the public to know how serious the issues of domestic and sexual violence are for the people of New Zealand
  • We want them to reflect on our history and how Kate Sheppard may have dealt with this issue.
  • We want an Independent Inquiry into systems and resourcing around domestic violence services.
  • We want a cross party government team to take leadership on this issue and commit to acceptance of the epidemic and change.
  • We want, via media cover, to let victims and survivors know that there are people out there who want the violence to stop and for their abuse to be dealt with consistently and appropriately. Nice!

Key Messages

Domestic violence and sexual violence are pervasive, life-threatening crimes that impact thousands of New Zealanders with serious physical, psychological and economic effects.

 

New Zealand is amongst an epidemic of violence and we must act now to break the cycle.

The people of New Zealand need to know that we can break this cycle but in order to do this we must  project our voices as one to be heard by those who have the power to make a definitive change.

Violence against women, children and families is unacceptable

At this event we will make a call to action for the Government to acknowledge the urgency and seriousness of the issues of domestic and sexual violence.

Questions and Answers:

How many people do you want and can men join in?

We want as many people as possible involved. This is an issue affects women, men and children therefore we want everyone involved.

Why did you bring the spirit of Kate back?

Because we know that she wouldn’t have stood for the levels of domestic violence occurring in this country and she would be disgraced at the current situation. We are encouraging all New Zealanders to stand up and march with us to force the Government to make an immediate commitment to work with us to end this problem once and for all.

What will you do with the finished statue of Kate?

We intend to gift Kate to the Government on the day of the march, to be kept within parliament grounds as a constant reminder of what we are marching for and the rights of women, children and families to live violence free.

What if the Government does not want her?

There will be another party that will accept her. The refusal to accept Kate could be seen as a refusal to acknowledge the seriousness of domestic and sexual violence.

Fundraiser for Women’s Development in Bangladesh

August 18, 2014

Bangladesh-Fundraiser-Flyer pdf

Date: Thursday, 28th August 2014

Address: Ferndale House, 830 New North Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland.

Time: 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Tickets are sold at $100, $60 and $40 and can be collected from Sharmen Rodrigues, Ismot Ahmed, Wahida Mitu, Tania Ahmed or email international@shakti.org.nz

Donations can also be made at 01-0183-0244496-02

Culture: No Excuse For Abuse forum targets domestic violence in migrant community

July 17, 2014

By Mohamed Taha

Posted Sun 29 Jun 2014, 12:13am AEST

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Photo: Attendees came together from women’s support groups, agencies and government bodies for the forum. (ABC: Mohamed Taha)

Related Story: Migrant women trapped in violent relationships

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A national forum is shining the light on domestic abuse in Australia’s growing migrant population, amid warnings that women are being exposed to violence, exploitation and discrimination.

More than 100 people from women’s support groups, agencies and government attended the Culture: No Excuse for Abuse forum at the University of New England campus in Parramatta, NSW.

Hosted by women’s advocacy group Shakti Australia, the forum sought to address violence, exploitation and discrimination of women from Asian, African and Middle Eastern communities.

Shasha Ali from Shakti Australia and New Zealand said the group wanted to draw attention to violence in Australia’s growing migrant population.

“It’s a way for us to demonstrate some of the grave issues that our women and children face on a day-to-day basis in settling in Australia,” she said.

Cultural misunderstanding leads to under-reporting

Ms Ali said domestic violence within migrant and refugee communities is misunderstood by the wider sector, which leads to many incidents being left unreported.

“In Australia, the issue of forced marriage, threats of honour killings, dowry-related violence and other forms of culturally sanctioned abusive practices are misunderstood and unrepresented in the domestic violence sector.”

She said this lack of understanding leaves many victims in the dark and fearful of seeking help.

“We feel it’s only the tip of the iceberg,” she said.

“Most of the time, women don’t want to access most of the services because of stigma, fear of discrimination and language and cultural understanding barriers.”

Ms Ali said the group has received a high number of calls for help in New Zealand, where these particular communities represent 10 per cent of the population.

“We see 700 calls a month through our own crisis line [in New Zealand],” she said.

“We can only imagine the extent of the issue [here] being explored, if it was well promoted and understood in Australia.”

Ms Ali said change has to come from within these communities to encourage more reporting.

“Speaking out, taking responsibility for issues and working together to find solutions to this issue,” she said.

“We need collaborative and innovative models within the Australian community and the support of the wider sector.”

The forum was supported by the Department of Social Services under the Gender Equality for Women program – Women’s Safety Agenda.

Group says greater reporting in subcontinent communities

One of the attendees was Kittu Randhawa from the Indian and Subcontinent Crisis and Support Agency.

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Photo: The forum was held to draw attention to violence in Australia’s growing migrant population. (ABC: Mohamed Taha)

She said incidents of violence is on the rise due to more reporting.

“[The increase] is due to the reporting and [the fact] there are more organisations,” she said.

“We’re starting to get some data on this.”

She said the causes of domestic and family violence within the subcontinent communities are not understood by the wider sector.

“Domestic violence is grouped as a large thing,” she said. “There’s not a lot of data or statistics that’s broken down into the subcontinents, cultures or ethnicities.”

Ms Randhawa said one of the difficulties in collecting data is the stigma around speaking out.

“The women become ostracised within their own communities from men, women and children.”

“We need to get through to the children in the communities so they understand what their obligations and rights are … [and] we need to work with the general agencies, the police force, medical institutions and politicians.”

You can also catch the story on the link below –

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-29/migrant-women-exposed-to-domestic-violence-in-australia/5557292

 

Two immigrant women’s lives lost, two children lost their mum, Government still silent

December 2, 2013

In November, 2 Asian migrant women were violently murdered in Wellington, both it is known were

victims of domestic violence. One was Mei Fan, mother of 2 children. The most recent was Sarwan

Lata Singh, who was stabbed in her own home. Both had protection orders against their abusers.

The very fact that this is happening in the capital city of New Zealand is a national embarrassment

and tragedy to New Zealand society as a whole. Read more…

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1312/S00006/two-immigrant-womens-lives-lost-government-still-silent.htm

Related Links:

Case for Sarwan Lata Singh:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9463790/Slainwoman-planned-trip-abroad

Case for Mei Fan:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominionpost/news/wellington/9448562/Murder-victims-family-shocked

Shakti Community Council Inc.: http://shakti.org.nz

Media queries contact:

Sara Chin

Ph. 021 736 856

scc@shakti.org.nz