28 May 2015
As part of YWCA Canberra’s Respect NOW campaign, over the coming weeks we’ll unveil our passionate Respect Champions. These wonderful women are helping us further our advocacy efforts, calling on the ACT Government to prioritise funding for primary prevention and early intervention programs, to end violence against women. To support the Respect NOW campaign, please sign our online petition and share it with your family and friends.
Meet Respect Champion, Kate Muir. Kate is an IT and Information Management veteran, and President of Women in Information and Communication (WIC).
Describe yourself in 30 words or less.
I have been in the ICT/IM Industry since I was 18 and arrived in Canberra. My volunteering efforts over many years have always been focussed on girls and women.
Tell us why you signed up to become a Respect Champion.
I escaped from exactly this sort of violent environment. There are more victims than just the women. It is terrifying for children caught up in this as well. I want women and children to know there is a good life away from this hell.
Why do you think we need more action from governments to prevent violence against women?
There is no coordinated efforts around this, it is left to social workers who burn out in the environment, and police who are left to pick up the pieces. The only place a systematic effort can be made to address this is through government getting serious and putting in place an integrated system to support women and children affected by violence.
What action would you like our readers to take right now to help end violence against women?
Everyone needs to do their bit. If you are worried or see something that is not quite right let the authorities know and follow up that it was acted upon, don’t be fobbed off. Women and children are dying, it’s worth that extra step.