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Monday, March 1, 2021

Partnership to empower women

Women across the Hunter who need empowerment are about to have access to more help thanks to a new partnership between two inspiring ladies.

Local anti-domestic violence charity Got Your Back Sista has been named as the recipient of the first major community partnership of The Lady Shake with a donation of $15,000 to kick things off.

The partnership will start this month with a challenge to inspire women to think about their health and wellbeing, as well as others in their community.

Got Your Back Sista Founder Melissa Histon said the current COVID landscape had provided additional layers of challenges for the community.

“The charity has experienced increased demand from women in our region since March,” she said.

“The partnership with The Lady Shake will not only help us provide additional services to meet this demand but also provides us with another way to have conversations that we hope will empower our community to ‘say no to domestic violence’.

“Domestic violence is never okay – it is not okay for one person to be violent to another. It must end!

“Real change comes when communities work together.”

The partnership will also see The Lady Shake contribute funds that will help Got Your Back Sista provide self-defence and healthy cooking classes, as well as provide support through the charity’s empowerment circle.

The Lady Shake Founder, Belinda MacDougall, said the alliance with Got Your Back Sista provided a timely opportunity to empower women to be proactive about their health while also supporting a local charity that was doing so much to improve the lives of many women in our region.

“I heard Mel speak at an event earlier this year and immediately saw the synergy between the two Hunter-born organisations,” she said.

“I am very excited to be working with Mel and the Got Your Back Sista team to progress the work they do to help women create new lives after fleeing domestic violence.”

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