sv prevention initiative

Sexual Violence Prevention Initiatives – Ethnic groups leading community prevention projects across Aotearoa

On 7th of August, two members of our sexual violence team travelled to Christchurch to work with the Ministry of Ethnic Communities and Women 2 Women (W2W), a group of 100+ ethnic women that they coordinate. During the visit, Shama delivered a 6 hour workshop on the prevention of sexual harm to 20 of the W2W members (in the picture). The women who attended the workshop were from different ethnicities such as Japan, China, Afghanistan, Argelia, Congo, India, and Singapore. They are very active supporting their own communities to flourish in Aotearoa New Zealand. After the workshop the group will be working in two initiatives, one is a prevention of child abuse workshop to be delivered in different ethnic groups, the other is a video to support a healthy use of the phone and social networks that keeps teenagers safe from sexual harm. 

Shama started the second cycle of prevention initiatives at the end of July, with a workshop in Wellington with Mituakiri. In this round, we will be working with 5 different ethnic groups in Christchurch, Palmerston North, Wellington, and Auckland. Most of the groups will receive a one day workshop on the prevention of sexual violence, and our ongoing support to develop a community initiative to prevent sexual violence from happening in the ethnic communities. Mituakiri uses an online platform to support Spanish speaking migrants to settle in Aotearoa New Zealand. The group is already working in the  creation of animated content on the prevention of sexual harm. The work in prevention of sexual violence started last year, and Shama hopes are to continue motivating ethnic groups and communities to join the network of people working in the prevention of sexual harm within ethnic communities across Aotearoa New Zealand. 

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