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Soroptimist International South West Pacific 16 Days of Activism

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Soroptimists and White Ribbon Ambassadors joined forces to unite against gender violence on Sunday 23 November 2014.

– Stop Violence Against Women is part of a worldwide United Nations campaign with over 13 Countries in the South West Pacific participating in Walk the Talk.

“For many years Soroptimists have worked tirelessly to raise awareness and provide projects which work towards Stopping Violence Against Women. On Sunday almost 30 people walked around the lake to show their support and remember the local victims who have died of domestic violence in recent years,” said Barbara Bushell, President of Soroptimist International Mount Gambier.

“I wish to give a big thanks to members of Rotary Lakes who provided a sausage sizzle at the end of the walk. This event was a true partnership with local service groups banding together to say No to violence,” continues Barbara.

Violence against women and girls takes many forms and is widespread through the globe. It includes rape, domestic violence, and harassment at work, abuse in school, female genital mutilation and sexual violence in armed conflicts.

“It is predominantly inflicted by men but I encourage everyone to harness our energy and ideas to end this violence,” says Barbara.

Soroptimist International is committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong and healthy communities worldwide.

“By standing up against violence against women, we will come closer to peace, justice and equality,” concludes Barbara.

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