International Women’s Day 2013Date: 06/03/2013
Promoting respect for all
The theme for 2013 International Women’s Day is ‘The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum’. International Women’s Day is held annually on 8 March to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
A number of Cabrini’s social outreach programs are designed to empower women and girls and end poverty. Marj Clarence, Manager of Cabrini Linen Service, gave this interview about Cabrini’s partnership with Project Respect, a community development project within Cabrini’s social outreach program.
What is Project Respect?
Project Respect (established 1998) is a non-profit organisation that aims to prevent the exploitation and enslavement of women, including women trafficked to Australia. It promotes respect for all women and works to fulfill its mission through empowerment, education, advocacy and activism.
How well do you think Cabrini’s work with Project Respect serves our social outreach goals?
The relationship with Project Respect meets our social outreach goals 100 per cent, especially now that we offer employment to clients, as well as support for the organisation’s community development activities. We have given not only financial support but a chance and a job for people who may have found it difficult to obtain employment elsewhere.
What does Cabrini’s support mean to Project Respect?
We have opened an important door for the clients of Project Respect by offering employment and dignity. This commitment doesn’t just end with providing jobs – we have also been fortunate to support their wellbeing.
What were the highlights or key achievements of the relationship?
A number of new employees have come to the Cabrini Linen Service through Project Respect. It’s an experience that has opened our eyes and our hearts.
How have people benefited from Cabrini Health’s work with Project Respect?
They gain self-esteem, which is really good for them. They love it and the word is getting around. I can see it growing and that we will be able to help a lot more people in this way.
What do you think this project means for staff of Cabrini or to you personally?
We don’t have problems attracting staff but we always make sure we have room for people who we can help. When I was showing one young woman around, she said to me: “What you’re telling me is that I have a job”. It was as if she couldn’t believe it. That felt really good.