White Ribbon Day Breakfast 2014

White Ribbon Day Breakfast 2014

As a part of the 16 Days of Activism movement the Parramatta Holroyd Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Committee ran a campaign called “It’s time to talk” in support of White Ribbon Day. This campaign raises awareness about family violence in the Parramatta and Holroyd areas. The breakfast, which was held on the 25th November 2014, is a part of this campaign and our goal was to have all attendees leave with a greater awareness of the importance of addressing family violence. White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women. White Ribbon Australia’s mission is making women’s safety a man’s issue too. The campaign works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness, education, and programs with youth, schools, workplaces and across the broader community. Domestic violence is a societal issue that needs urgent attention. It is also declared to be a men’s issue because “it is the men’s wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and friends whose lives are being harmed by violence and abuse”. Men as community leaders and decision makers can play a significant role in helping to stop men’s violence against women. Men have the power and the voice to rise together and be game changers. There are majority of actions that men can advocate in order to stop Domestic violence within the community. Violence will never stop until men come together and stand against violence that is taking place towards our women. Our White Ribbon Day Breakfast was a great success and we look forward for our next campaign in...
Community Conversations

Community Conversations

Due to a great success rate from 2014, Cumberland Women’s Health Centre is re-launching the program Community Conversations for 2015. Starting on the 25th May 2015 at Holroyd Council this program will run on the last Monday of each month. Please call Nes on (02) 9689 3044 to register Download flyer Header photo credit: Fairfax Media/Isabella...
Women’s Whispers Book Launch

Women’s Whispers Book Launch

On the 10th March 2015, Cumberland Women’s Health Centre launched a book called Walk With Me: A Narrative Journey by the Centre’s narrative therapy group Women’s Whispers. This book launch was hosted by Parramatta Leagues Club, who also generously funded the project. Walk With Me: A Narrative Journey is a compilation of the worked achieved in the six month narrative therapy program that ran during 2014. This narrative therapy program was designed and facilitated by our generalist counsellor Adriana. The narrative therapy program catered for women who accessed our services, and who struggled with symptoms of trauma as a result of having gone through a variety of traumatic experiences. The basic senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, and intuition became the framework used in the Women’s Whispers program for eliciting the women’s strengths, skills, knowledge and values, which they used to survive their own unique set of ordeals. The stories that emerged from each fortnightly group session for the thirteen weeks program, were then formatted into different ceremonial presentations, and celebrated in subsequent weekly sessions. One such ceremonial product was the original song: Walk with Me, composed from the words the women articulated in the session about song. The DVD presentation on Motherhood is another ceremonial product that highlighted the words the women articulated in the session about images. Walk With Me: A Narrative Journey is a compilation of the ceremonial products that emerged from the stories of the women who were part of the Women’s Whispers program. This book was specifically launched during the week for International Woman’s Day to celebrate the resilience of women all over...
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