Published Thursday 30 May 2019
- Child Care, Youth and Families
On Tuesday 28 May 2019, WMQ helped to set up and support Strong Women Talking’s first art exhibition. The art exhibition coincided with Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month. It provided an opportunity for women to share their stories and to create awareness around domestic and family violence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Strong Women Talking (SWT), Marigurim Mubi Yangu Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation, delivers culturally appropriate domestic and family violence prevention workshops and programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence as non-indigenous women1. The Founder and Director of SWT, Sono Leone, aims to prevent violence, while removing the shame and stigma that is attached to speaking out about domestic and family abuse.
Wesley Mission Queensland (WMQ) partnered with SWT in 2018 and have provided a safe space for their programs and workshops to be held. The workshop facilitators focus on educating, equipping and empowering women, with an aim to break the multi-generational cycle of family and domestic violence. The workshops run every month at WMQ’s Chermside location and also offer traveling workshops to reach women in different locations around Brisbane.
The art exhibition showcased artwork from women who participated in SWT workshops, as well as local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists Jasmin Roberts, Sharyn Malone and Stevie O'Chin.
WMQ is passionate and committed to help SWT grow as an organisation and are excited to be in partnership.
WMQ CEO Geoff Batkin with Founder and Director Sono, Sharyn Malone, Stevie O'Chin, Jasmin Roberts and WMQ Executive Assistant Danielle Sullivan.
1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia, 2018