Shakti is Celebrating its Milestone 20th Anniversary

Korean drummers at Shakti 20th Anniversary celebration

On Thursday 20 August over 100 people from wider communities, services providers, government agencies and representatives from Shakti branches across the country as well as Sydney and Melbourne joined Shakti’s 20th anniversary celebration at Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Auckland. The event was opened and blessed by local iwi and followed by a line-up of dynamic speakers including leading professionals in the family violence sector. Attendees were inspired by a documentary video showing the remarkable 20 years journey of Shakti.

Established in 1995, Shakti is a national not-for-profit community organisation that specialises in the area of women’s development, empowerment and domestic/ family violence intervention, prevention and awareness.  Shakti also provides culturally appropriate support services to women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin.

Ethnic Communities Minister Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, spoke at the celebrations acknowledging and congratulating Shakti on their achievements. The Minister was firm in his message that family violence is a complex social issue and that we all have a role to play.

The Office of Ethnic Communities is a member of the Taskforce for Action on Violence within Families Agency. The Office will continuously work with other government agencies and services providers to raise awareness of family violence in ethnic communities and assist in the development of community-driven prevention and education work.