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A society where women and girls are respected, safe, free, healthy, enjoy well-being, prosperity, equality and fully participate in the local and global community as they achieve their full potential.
This is the stated vision of the Illawarra Women's Health Centre.
The IWHC is a nationally accredited and highly respected community-based centre focused on mental health, women experiencing domestic and family violence and sexual assault, and sexual and reproductive health.
As the father of two young girls, the centre's vision rings loud and clear in my ears.
To think that the vision has to be articulated and is not simply a reality is just horrifying. We need to strive for better, we need to do better.
Next week, in conjunction with the IWHC, Domestic Violence NSW and the Waples Marketing Group, we will launch a special exhibition in Wollongong.
Resistance, Resilience and Recovery is a photographic exhibition of domestic and family violence survivors.
The images have been taken by the Illawarra Mercury's award-winning photographer Sylvia Liber.
The exhibition will help start a major campaign where we call for the Illawarra to support the push for the establishment of an Australian-first Women's Trauma Recovery Centre.
The #VoicesForChange campaign will ask you, dear readers, to support our campaign to turn this concept from a dream into reality thus taking the Illawarra a step closer to fulfilling the centre's vision of empowering our women and girls to achieve their full potential without fear or restriction.
The exhibition will travel around our region and the dates are:
- November 18-29, 2020: Project Contemporary Artspace, Keira St, Wollongong
- December 7-12: Imaginarium, Shellharbour Village
- January 2021: Stockland Shellharbour
You can watch the official opening of Resistance, Resilience and Recovery live on our website or Facebook page from midday on Wednesday, November 25.