Gympie celebrates International Women’s Day

As the Domestic and Family Violence Coordinator, I had the honour of attending the International Women’s Day luncheon held at The Decks Restaurant in Gympie yesterday.

The guest speaker was Tennille Nugent, the General Manager of Destiny’s Rescue an international organisation founded by Australian Tony Kirwan. Their mission is to rescue children, primarily girls from the sex trafficking trade. It was disturbing to listen to the latest operation set up in Delhi, India where there are generations of women being born into and then working in the same brothel.

Destiny’s Rescue not only saves kids, it also helps to restore their joy, protect long term and empower them to return to schools and jobs. Please take the opportunity to look at their website here.

Senior Constable Odette Reid with Tennille Nugent, General Manager of Destiny’s Rescue
and Erin Lawnton from Child Safety.

The luncheon was also a chance to network with others in the Domestic Violence circle.  These bonds are all about our ability to combat violence in the home and improve safety.  For example, networking with Erin Lawnton from Child Safety is a great way to learn about the program she runs for men in jail. It is called ‘Walking with Dads’ and aims to make high risk recidivist DV offenders in jail more aware of their actions and future behaviour.

A room full of inspirational people, all with different tools to assist women.

Erin Lawnton and Senior Constable Odette Reid

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