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From the Executive Officer

March 2, 2022

It is hard to believe that we are almost three months into 2022, and International Women’s Day is upon us.

Here at Emerge, we had a successful January despite the surge in Omicron cases, which has affected us.

We found homes for families who have been living in our crisis homes for a while. They have moved into transitional housing and private rental accommodation in New South Wales.

We have welcomed new families into the refuge and crisis accommodation, and they bring a sense of excitement to others living there.

As we begin to move to life beyond COVID-19, we are also opening our services again. This, too, brings a feeling of renewal and hope for all of us, including staff, volunteers and of course the women and children we support.

Thanks to a Street-Smart grant, we have been able to provide children with new uniforms, books and materials to start the school year.

We have also restarted our private rental workshops with real estate agents and women about how best to apply, what they need for referees and rental history.

Rotary has returned to the refuge and  are organising to put in the new electric BBQ and bench, which has been made by the local men’s shed. Work will start on the mural at the end of February.

Our volunteers’ program is also back, with vaccinated volunteers assisting with administration and tutoring. We are expecting more to return in the coming weeks.

Outside of Emerge, we have been busy on a number of fronts including working with other organisations on a response to the National Action Plan for Women and Children. You can read details about it in this newsletter.

This year the theme for International Women’s Day on 8 March is #breakthebias. It is a theme close to our hearts, and calls on us to imagine a gender equal world, a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination; a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive; and a world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Together we can forge women’s equality.

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