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Event highlights violence against women

By Louise Errington

NAAJA Managing Civil Solicitor Philippa Martin addresses the gathering at the Northern Institute’s International Women’s Day morning tea NAAJA Managing Civil Solicitor Philippa Martin addresses the gathering at the Northern Institute’s International Women’s Day morning tea

Members of the community came together on Casuarina campus to mark International Women’s Day and to celebrate the achievements of women across the globe.

Now in its fourth year, Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute International Women’s Day Morning Tea raises awareness of a different cause relating to women each year.

This year’s event brought together leading thinkers to discuss a plan to reduce violence against Northern Territory women and their children, with a focus on the welfare of Indigenous women, who are 80 times more likely to be physically and sexually assaulted than non-Indigenous Australian women.

Guest speakers included Northern Territory Government Department of the Attorney General Domestic and Family Violence Project Director Joanne Sangster and North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency Managing Civil Solicitor Philippa Martin.

The welcome address was delivered by CDU Chancellor Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AC.

Close to $450 was raised through donations and a cupcake sale in support of Dawn House Darwin, which provides shelter and counselling services to women and child victims of domestic and family violence.

International Women’s Day marks the celebration of the social, political and economic achievements of women, and highlights areas where progress is still required. The theme for 2014 was “Inspiring Change”.