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The worsening problem of Domestic and Family Violence in Australia

So far this year, 58 women/children have died through domestic and family violence in Australia.

Along with that terrible record:

  • 1 in 5 women (22%) has experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.

  • 1 in 2 women (53%) has experienced sexual harassment in their lifetime.

  • In most incidents of workplace sexual harassment, the harasser was male.

  • Women are at increased risk of experiencing violence from an intimate partner during pregnancy.

  • 1 in 4 women are hospitalised due to domestic violence and sexualising violence abuse by intimate partners.

  • Hospitalisations due to spouse or intimate partners is 6 times higher for women than men.

  • Domestic Violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children.

  • On average one women is murdered by her current or former partner.

  • In 2021-22, 5,606 women, an average of 15 women a day, were hospitalised due to family and domestic violence.

  • 73% of women are abused by cyber violence.

Rotary clubs across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands are conducting a campaign to Say NO to Domestic and Family Violence and YES to Respectful Relationships.  Rotary clubs in NSW are in partnership with the New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) and Rotary clubs in the ACT will be working with ACT Policing and engaged agencies dealing with the consequences of  domestic and family violence. 

The objectives of the national Rotary campaign are to:

1.    Raise awareness,

2.    Educate youth,

3.    Support agencies that assist victims of Domestic & Family Violence,

4.    Promote positive and respectful relationships.

National Launch on 15 November 2023 at Parliament House, Canberra

Rotary’s National Campaign to raise awareness of domestic and family violence will be launched at Parliament House on 15 Nov 2023 by Minister Justine Elliot in the Speakers Courtyard.

A Day of Action against Domestic and Family Violence across District 9705 on 1 December 2023

We will all wear purple on the day.  Purple shirts can be ordered from HERE

And we will be joined by other organisations such as Zonta, St Vincent de Paul and YWCA.

Day of Action in the ACT

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Join with RYLA participants and fellow Rotarians to enjoy an evening of dinner and live discussion with the exciting RYLARIANS about the life changing experiences they are involved in. 
Dinner will be held at Warrambui Retreat & Conference Centre 322 Greenwood Road, Murrumbateman NSW 2582 on Monday January 8th at 6.00 for 6.30 PM. Cost is $40 per head.
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Once again this month we celebrate the importance of The Rotary Foundation and its support of the many important facets of our Rotary Programs both here in Australia, but also overseas.

Our D9705 Centurion Program is established in order for members and other individuals to make a personal contribution to the work of our Foundation in an ongoing way.

By setting up a regular debit from your nominated bank account, you can make your donation to the Australian Rotary Foundation Trust and gain Tax Deductibility for your contribution. I have set up my birthday as the recurring date for my own donation, that way I can readily remember when it is occurring, and I get a thank you from the Foundation for my gift. You can set it up however you want. Just do it.

You can do this simply by completing the attached Individual Centurion Donation form, or clubs can collect and forward donations from their members at the same time using the Club MultiDonor form. If you have other versions of these forms from the past - dispose of them. The deposit details on these current forms (October 2022) are correct. Donations sent using old forms will not go through, and will not be credited against the donor.

These forms are attached to this email, but can also be downloaded from the D9705 website through the Foundation Tab or member downloads. Please share these with your club members.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact PDG Ian Tooke, District 9705 Centurion Program Co-Ordinator by email or phone.
ph: 02 6368 2574  mobile: 0409 590 547. email: tookeian@yahoo.com

Regionalisation in Rotary Zone 8

A pilot agreed by Rotary International (RI) in February 2019


In July 2022 every Rotarian was sent an e-mail by Rotary International (RI) which said, inter alia:

‘ … For the past three years a group of Rotarians and Rotaractors have been working on a pilot project to consider how we can enhance Rotary and Rotaract and ensure we remain relevant for the future while also addressing some of the challenges we have been facing for a while.

Zone 8 … (is) now one of two regional pilots in the Rotary world looking to explore, develop and test new ways of operating. 

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