Tracey Spicer has done something pretty remarkable. With all the stories bursting forth in the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns, she has recognised that we need to seize on the momentum for change and do something practical. We need more than just words.
That means taking action that will keep the issues of inequality and sexual harassment in the spotlight AND help victims with support and the right tools to seek justice and protection.
Tracey has formed NOW as a nationwide organisation supporting survivors of sexual harassment and through crowdfunding, and is hoping to raise $250,000 to fund its work for twelve months. Just click on the blue link here to donate.
Here is part of the Now campaign’s brief:
“Across Australia, one in two women, and one in four men, have experienced sexual harassment. Many people may not be getting the support they need, simply because they don’t know where to go. While there are a number of specialised counselling and legal services available, laws and services differ from state to state. When people do come forward, navigating this landscape is a daunting experience. NOW will provide a first point of call for everybody, no matter who they are or where they come from, to connect with the support they need.”
I am thrilled to have been asked to be an Ambassador for NOW. Given how many instances of sexual harassment and discrimination I have witnessed over the years, I am excited to be part of a movement that is keeping the momentum for change going with such an important initiative.
Tracey is spearheading the organisation, which will be a non-profit, non-partisan network for people across all industries who have been sexually harassed, assaulted or intimidated.
NOW will help people understand their rights and options, and support them if they wish to tell their story. The money raised will go to fund to pay for counselling and legal services, including a growing network of lawyers around Australia.
Please donate NOW – it’s so important we make this work!
The other way you can help is by purchasing a brilliant song written and performed by one of Australia’s greatest singers, Melinda Schneider, called MY VOICE, on iTunes.
All proceeds from sales of the song will go to NOW Australia.
So there you have it. If you’ve ever wanted to take action but been too afraid, NOW you really can help. This is an initiative that will be a game changer. Help make it work.