Last month, women in Kalgoorlie celebrated International Women’s Day in the company of Rosie Batty who travelled to the town and attended a number of local organisations and events. During her time she met with community members, women who have or are experiencing family violence, students, incarcerated women and support workers and key agencies working in the field of family violence in the Goldfields region.
Most people recognise Rosie Batty as the face of family violence change in Australia. Following her outspoken and unrelenting advocacy for victims of family violence, she was named the 2015 Australian of the Year. She was instrumental in the “Never Alone” campaign which led to a national change in conversation to put victims at the forefront of all decisions, and assisted to make key policy changes around family law and respectful relationships education. Rosie has recently reduced her public-facing advocacy work but continues to address and advocate for changes in our society with an aim to one day put an end to family violence.
Gloria Moyle, CEO of the Goldfields Women’s Health Care Centre (GWHCC) was the key organiser of Rosie’s schedule for her Goldfields visit.
“When I first spoke with Rosie she was so very enthusiastic to maximise her time while in the Goldfields region, however I was mindful of overwhelming her with too many speaking engagements”, said Ms. Moyle. “I was so very impressed at her authenticity and openness to be as accessible as possible prior to her main speaking event on the last night.”
“Rosie was so delighted to be in Kalgoorlie-Boulder”, Ms. Moyle said. “From the minute she stepped off the plane she was so very approachable and I was so very impressed at her confidence. She was keen to speak with people in our community who have been affected by family violence or with those who work in response organisations.”
Rosie first met with the Girls Academy students at Kalgoorlie Boulder Senior High School and talked about their experiences of family violence.
“Rosie was particularly moved by these insightful and tenacious young women who are in high risk situations, have witnessed family violence growing up and some who are already experiencing family violence in their relationships and families”, said Ms. Moyle.
She also visited the GWHCC and the Goldfields Women’s Refuge where she had an intimate setting with the staff, volunteers and residents to share their family violence experiences and journeys to safety.

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