Attended the 4th COAG Summit to Reduce ViolenceAgainst Women & Children, held in Adelaide. Pictured here with Natasha Stott-Despoja, event emcee and women’s rights campaigner. Delegates from across the Nation took this opportunity to table issues they feel need to be embedded in a government response for future action . I addressed the need for increased resource allocation to CALD service operations which continue to have to struggle for funding competing with a suite of other women minority cohorts, while all doing essential work. The notion of decolonising systems and policy that feed into structural and family violence was reiterated several times, particularly by CALD and Indigenous organisation representatives. In all, barriers to access social justice for survivors of FDV remain high, with 1/4 Australian women experiencing some form of physical assault and 1/5 experiencing sexual assault sometime in their lifetime. The government needs to support the capacity of organisations who have sector literacy and buy-in of their communities experiencing violence, while simultaneously training up mainstream agencies to be more respectful and approachable as a first point of referral. One should not be at the expense of another. And no women’s organisation should be pitted against another to be deemed worthy of funding. #diversityandinclusion #diversitymatters #makechangehappen #makeanoise #tasneemchopra #amwchr #coagrvawsummit #endracism #endmisogyny #endviolenceagainstchildren