On Saturday I attended the @amnesty @amnestyaustralia 'Write for rights' event at @carriageworks - the largest human rights event globally. This event marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Amnesty Australia specifically honoured the millions of Women rising up against injustice this year to have their cases + situations heard, and I had the privilege of putting pen to paper to use my position and voice here in the Western world, to ask for change on behalf of these Women. Women's rights are something that are personally very important to me, an issue I hold close to my heart. We all have a story, and whilst mine is by no means as bad as what some of these Women have endured and are currently experiencing - mine does include suffering and pain, like many others. I grew up with my power, voice and safety taken away from me as someone who was brought up in a space of domestic violence, drug abuse and economic instability and suffering. I watched my mother get physically, mentally and emotionally abused from as little as I can remember - which then I too experienced.
I knew from a very young age that this wasn't right, my mum and I deserved better and that this viscous cycle would end with me.
We tried to flee our situation a couple of times, even though it was the scariest thing in the world, but always ended back at our housing commission home as we really didn't have anywhere else to go. The inner activist in me even stood up to my father as a young person, which only ever ended up perpetuating extreme forms of violence towards me. But I never let that stop me, and the fighter in me kept fighting. I knew that this was not my future and I worked so hard to change my reality. At 16 I stood before a court after an incident in my home to request an Apprehended Violence Order to protect myself and my family. I still remember that day, it was the day the cycle of violence my mother had experienced for all of her life, and what I had experienced for 16 yrs, ended. I used my voice and my words to go public with what had been happening behind closed doors for far too long. Continued in the comment box below 👇🏽👇🏽