Shakti has been going strong in Aotearoa for 22 years, with a commitment to ending all forms of violence and gender based oppression in the Asian, African and Middle Eastern community, which may be culturally sanctioned or otherwise. We are established nationally with refuges and drop in centres all over New Zealand to ensure members of our community are able to access safety and justice.
Our Wellington refuge has kept its doors open despite systematically being denied government funding over the last 3 years. With over 300 women accessing safety at our refuge in the last year, we resolved to fight for our critical and life saving service to be granted adequate funding and our campaign to Save Shakti Wellington Refuge was launched this March. In light of this campaign for our life saving service necessary to our community in the Wellington region to be sustainably resourced we are holding our 2017 AGM in Wellington.
We are so grateful for the support of the Wellington community, and the support of friends of Shakti from all over Aotearoa who stand beside us in our call for the government to reconsider its decision to deny the Shakti Wellington Refuge funding. We continue to be overwhelmed by the outpour of support from the community which has come in the form of petition signatures, fundraising events, financial donations, endorsements of our campaign, and the warmth and aroha which has be so significant in encouraging and uplifting us in this fight.
We would love to be able to thank you in person, and we would be delighted to have your presence at our 22nd AGM.
Send your RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you there!