Shakti Community Council is a non-profit organisation serving migrant and refugee women of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin.
Shakti provides culturally specialist, confidential support services to women and their children of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origins.
Led by ethnic women for ethnic women, Shakti is dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights of both women and children and advocating social change.
Since its inception, women from these communities have worked tirelessly to create an environment that was empowering for women. They worked to create an environment where women could escape domestic violence and be supported in a non-judgmental way, strengthening them to build new future for themselves and their children.
Shakti’s model has worked and has been tested and tried over the years. As a natural extension to the work we do in New Zealand and Australia, the women felt that they needed to take the model to their home countries.
In 2008 Shakti launched Project Women Against Violence and began building transnational relationships with NGOs. Scoping was done in Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Bangladesh and India as well as prominent Western countries of migration such as the USA.
The main activities involved capacity-building in partnership with local NGOs towards empowerment, advocating for suitable legislation for women and enabling establishment of refuge services.
As an organisation we intend to work within Asian, African and Middle Eastern countries. Our approach will be
Direct service development
Partnership with local NGOs through building capacity, training, placement
As an organisation we are committed to eliminating violence through intervention services.
You can call Shakti on 0800 SHAKTI (0800 742 584) line open 24/7. One of their women’s advocates will provide you with information in your region and options that will help you make a decision that will keep you and your children safe and enable you to make achievable action plans for your future.