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GirlGuiding New Zealand is supporting Women’s Refuge during their annual appeal

GirlGuiding New Zealand is encouraging all regions to make contact with their local refuge,. If there is no affiliated refuge in your region we would encourage you to consider supporting the national association of Women’s Refuge. There are 45 local Women's Refuges around New Zealand, gathered under one umbrella organisation known as the National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges.

GirlGuiding New Zealand is encouraging all regions to make contact with their local refuge. If there is no affiliated refuge in your region we would encourage you to consider supporting the national association of Women’s Refuge.  There are 45 local Women's Refuges around New Zealand, gathered under one umbrella organisation known as the National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges.

Each local refuge has made its own arrangements to fundraise during the annual appeal period in July.

The Advocacy Portfolio Holder, Natalie Hansby, has been in touch with each GirlGuiding NZ region via the Regional Co-ordinator and asked them to contact their local refuge(s) to discuss ways the region’s girls, leaders and their families can support the local fundraising initiatives. All funds raised in the region will go directly to the local refuge(s).

About Women’s Refuge

Women’s Refuge is an organisation for women and their children, to help prevent and stop family violence in New Zealand. You can contact Women’s Refuge to get help and advice about talking to friends or family members you worry are being abused emotionally, physically, sexually, spiritually or financially, and they’re there to help whether you have children or not. Nearly 25,000 women and children utilised a Women’s Refuge last year.

Women’s Refuge also run training programmes for communities and organisations to help educate people about the impact of domestic violence and how to work with women and children who have experienced it. As New Zealand’s most significant domestic violence organisation, Women’s Refuge takes a strong advocacy role by working to positively change policy and attitudes about domestic violence. They do this by lobbying the government and running public campaigns – all to help keep women and children safe.

Women’s Refuge is a not-for-profit charitable organisation. Only approximately 50% of their work is funded by government; the rest of their income is raised through fundraising, events, philanthropic trusts and bequests. Women’s Refuge relies on generous donations from members of the public, businesses and other private funders and trusts to offer essential services that help women and children every day.

Reminders:

  • Members should wear GirlGuiding NZ uniform while fundraising, to highlight the partnership between GirlGuidingNZ and Women’s Refuge.
  • Girls may count the time spent fundraising as community action.
  • Don’t forget to explain to girls and their families about what is Women’s Refuge and where the funds will go (such as the information outlined above or at www.womensrefuge.org.nz .
  • The location of refuges is kept confidential to ensure the safety of the women and children who use the facilities. Please be considerate of this and maintain this confidentiality.

We’d love to hear about how it goes for you – please send your photos and/or feedback to leadercomms@girlguidingnz.org.nz .

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Natalie Hansby at