She is another man’s mother, daughter or sister. Everyone deserves to have a home that is safe, especially children. A real man is the one who protects his family and controls himself at the time of anger.
What drives me is my passion for the empowerment of African women, and the need to see that every African woman in Australia is treated as a person who is part of the Australian system. I would like to quote Madeleine Albright: ‘There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’ This emphasises my belief in the importance of assisting and encouraging women to learn to help themselves.
The Americans tend to refer to domestic violence as domestic or spousal ‘abuse’. I think that this term encapsulates so much of what violence against women is about. It is much more than physical abuse. It is also the abuse of a relationship, of love, of trust, of financial inequality, of a family structure, and the fear of shame by the victim that can lead to feelings of helplessness and isolation. My aim is to expose such perpetrators for what they are and to give support and protection to victims so that they can live freely and be themselves.
I believe that every person has the right to feel safe and to live a life free from violence. That’s the reason I do what I do. If I can make a positive impact in someone’s life, then that’s one less person living in fear and my work is making a difference.