Rosie the Riveter Stories
Lakshmi is Chair of the Women’s Health Tasmania Board.
“It’s lovely being a Rosie. I’m really excited about next year’s Rosiness. I love the concept – even in 2019 those lessons from the past are still so relevant.
I was interested in being on the Board of Women's Health Tas because I took a break from working at Tas Police to do some work at the Women’s Legal Service, and I saw the other side of the impact of family violence on victims.
Working in Police Prosecutions we see women who have experienced family violence at the point when their case is coming to court. Working at the Women’s Legal Service made me appreciate the enormous barriers that exist that stop women ever getting to that point, of ever reporting family violence.
So when I saw the ad for the WHT Board on Facebook, I thought it was a chance to give something back to the community.
One of great things about being involved with WHT is that now, when women I’m working with say to me, ‘I have nowhere to go, I can’t even have a shower’ or “I have no-one to talk to, I’ve lost my whole family because of this’, I say, ‘I know somewhere you can go. I know women who want to talk to you.’
Being on the Board has been a real eye opener. I thought I had a good grip on what is going on, in terms of women’s lives and how Government decisions affect women. I quickly realised there was a lot I didn’t know – but I’m learning.
I just love being on the Board. In my time on the Board I feel like I’ve grown as a person and built my confidence.
They are a very supportive group of women. I can imagine some people on Boards groan when it’s time to go to a Board meeting, but I don’t. I really
like going to our Board meetings and seeing everyone."
There are more Rosie the Riveter stories here.
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