Ok.... so this is no secret: I have had a monstrosity of a year.
· 12 months ago, my engagement ended and things got tough financially….real tough;
· 3 months later I had two strokes, which knocked me down a bit – especially in my beloved career;
· 6 months after the stroke, I found myself in a violent relationship, which ended with me injured in hospital, then rushed back home to Perth.
After going through all this, and just from being home with my loved ones, I wanted a BIRTHDAY PARTY!!! But..... Covid-19 and ScoMo said nuh-uh. I was a bit sad, but kept it in perspective. Things could be worse.
The other night, watching Foreign Correspondent, I saw the horrors of what “worse” looks like.
Women in Afghanistan – and I know it happens n many other places in the worlds – subjected to worse violence than I could have imagined. The one that stood out for me: a schoolgirl was shot dead in front of her classmates because she “liked” a boy. The other thing that stood out for me – and, I’ll admit, triggered me badly – was the UTTER CONTROL the men in this country fell they are entitled to exercise over the women in their lives. It was terrifying. Even thinking back to it now makes my heart race, and my breathing become shallow. In one instance, a husband (during an attempted mediation!!!) told his wife if she didn’t do as he asked, he would rape her sister with ten other men.
Women for Women International equips women survivors of war with the tools, skills, knowledge and support to rebuild to their lives. They give them the independent security required to have a voice of their own. Their programs emphasize the combination of social and economic empowerment. Social empowerment helps women breach the barriers that block them from society while economic pathways increase food security, income, savings and resilience to shocks. Women for Women have so many success stories – women escaping violence and building a life for themselves, even building up their own savings. They don’t give handouts – they TEACH these gorgeous women how to build their own security and success.
So. I don’t want a party anymore. My new birthday wish is to provide a sizeable donation to this wonderful organisation so they can continue their incredible work. If each of my friends donates even $15, we would reach $5,000 – which would be an incredible boost to this organisation’s resources.
I know times are tough right now – but times are even tougher for these women. Please help!
Love always, Naomi xxx