Shakti is a national not-for-profit community organisation specialised in the area of women’s development, empowerment and domestic/ family violence intervention, prevention and awareness. We are a specialist provider of culturally competent support services for women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin. Over the years, the support group has grown from the confines of one tiny room to a national umbrella organisation with 7 member organisations in Central, West and South Auckland, Central North Island and South Island.
This website has information on how we can help if you or someone you know is in a situation of domestic violence. We encourage you to reach out to us if you are living a life of fear and violence or if you are unsure that you are affected by domestic violence.
Click here to learn about our Mission, Vision, Values and our Funders.
Helen Clark, Our Patron
Shakti is proud and honoured to have Helen Clark, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand and currently the head of UNDP, New York, as our Patron. She has known Shakti from inception and has been supportive of the work we do within New Zealand’s migrant and refugee communities as well as the global cause of women working against violence. Helen Clark is currently the head of UNDP, at the United Nations, New York.
Domestic violence in Asian, African and Middle Eastern communities is very much considered a personal matter. It is, in fact, a social issue that needs to be brought into the public domain, discussed and addressed. In an effort to highlight the various forms of socio-cultural oppression and violence against women and children, Shakti founder, Farida Sultana has written Purple Dandelion which is the story of her life and the lives of many other women, survivors and all those who made a difference in the society we live in. Published by Exisle Publishing (NZ), Purple Dandelion is available in leading New Zealand bookshops, international online bookstores and http://www.exisle.co.nz/. A percentage from the sale of the book will be donated to Project Women Against Violence.
Shakti is Celebrating 20 years!
Shakti is excited to celebrate a major milestone —our total of 20 years of having serviced vulnerable migrant and refugee ethnic communities in New Zealand and Australia! We celebrate the freedom and empowerment women and children have gained through Shakti’s support; to celebrate the social impact that we have made as an ethnic organisation as well as inter-generational social change. Click here for more information on how you can celebrate with us!