News from Women’s Refuge
Several social service providers from across New Zealand have come together to call for an end to the epidemic level of domestic and sexual violence in New Zealand. The growing momentum for action to end New Zealand’s shame of sexual and domestic violence is to culminate in to a march on Parliament on Monday 15 September.
Several hundred people have already signalled they will join the march which is leaving at 12 pm sharp from Wellington’s Civic Square in time to meet politicians from across the political spectrum on Parliament’s steps just before 12.45pm.
Women’s Refuge, Te Ohaakii a Hine-National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together, Shakti, Relationships Aotearoa, The Pacific Islands Safety and Prevention Project, National Network of Stopping Violence Services and the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Supervised Contact Services have joined together to organise the march because they see the profound social and economic impact of sexual and domestic violence in their daily work and believe it’s time to act now.
As part of the march we are ‘bringing’ Kate Shepard once again to the steps of Parliament. Her image has been recreated over the past two months using the signatures of hundreds of New Zealanders who want to take united action against violence. We have asked the Prime Minister to accept our call for action as well as our gift of Kate’s image to symbolise the on-going advancement of women’s rights in New Zealand, which must include ending domestic and sexual violence.