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News & Events
From the Executive Officer
October 30, 2020
We are almost at the end of 2020. Thank goodness, I can hear you say. Here at Emerge we can but agree. The year has been a roller coaster ride. The start of the year was filled with promise – our new refuge opening, research on our Safe Nest project underway, new services revving up. Within three months, many of our plans were postponed due to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nevertheless, we opened the refuge in May and it has been full ever since. We switched from working in the office to working virtually; our outreach programs continued but not as they were before. Our arts therapy program went on line. We remained open because we are an essential service. Which we are, even more so during a pandemic.
However, as the world retreated inside homes due to the lockdown measures introduced to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, reports have showed an alarming increase in the already existing pandemic of violence against women.
We’ve seen this played out in many ways.
Our own evidence from the women coming into refuge or in outreach shows an alarming increase in multiple forms of violence against women and girls, especially physical, psychological, sexual and economic forms of domestic violence fuelled by financial insecurity and confined living conditions.
Our work is more important than ever: ending violence against women and children is not on pause.
Emerge is getting ready for the annual 16 days of activism which begins with the annual Walk Against Family Violence on Wednesday 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It will run until December 10, Human Rights Day. On social media, we will focus on what we do to support women and children as they travel on their own journey to safety and new beginnings.
Part of that planning includes preparations for peaceful seasonal celebrations for all the women and children we support. In this newsletter, you will see that we are appealing for vouchers which they can spend as they choose. We hope that you will give generously, as you usually do, to make this a happy day and to help us ready for a more positive 2021.