I’m driven by a righteous anger about the abuse and injustice so many women face today.
With so much going so right, how can so much be going so horribly wrong?
Men need to join us on this journey - we should never exclude men because if you do so it’s like fighting a fight with one hand held behind your back.
We need to make men part of the solution, encourage them to step up, speak up, but they can’t step up and speak up if they don’t know what the reality is – that’s why we need an international day to focus attention on the issue.
When Opportunity International Australia’s partner, My Choices Foundation, started its domestic violence program, Peace Makers, in India in 2012, we knew we couldn’t bring about change in communities from a head office. We realised we needed to train women to go into their communities and be the voice of change, put a stop to domestic violence.
I remember a very poor district in Hyderabad where we were training women to be 'Peace Makers' who go into the local community, counsel women and their families and refer them to domestic violence support services.
My Choices is a partner agency of Opportunity International Australia.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is being held on 25th November under the theme of 'Leave no one behind: end violence against women and girls'.
In 2017, we still have close to 50 per cent of the girls in India who marry, marry as children.
How did we get to the point where 50 million girls in India are missing? Why aren’t we, in 2017, at a point where we can break the cycle of violence against women?