The annual Young Women’s Leadership Camp was held in mid January, with 15 participants from various cultural backgrounds (Afghan, Burmese, Bhutanese, Congolese, Venezuelan – to name a few). The two day camp was a chance to come together, share and learn from each other. A wide range of sessions and activities took place, including domestic and family violence, healthy relationships, and personal safety and health. There were some wonderful guest speakers including Khadija Gbla, SA Police, and STTARS (Survivors of Torture and Trauma Association and Rehabilitation Service). There were also sessions on self-defence, women’s health and art therapy. But of course, dancing was the most popular activity and many of the ARA support staff struggled to keep pace with the young women!
The deep and lasting impact of the camp was evident from the feedback ARA received. “Coming to camp helped me with my depression and I made a great friend”, one participant said. Another young women said she was initially nervous because she speaks little English, but “I’ve been able to make friends and I wish the camp was longer!”
Thank you to all the participants and speakers, and special thanks to Morialta Trust and Adelaide Primary Health Network for funding the camp