PiP Member Spotlights

Meet some members of the Partners in Prevention network and hear their stories. Find out what they’re passionate about and how they got involved in the prevention of violence against women.

Nishamanie (Nisha) Karawita

Nisha Karawita

Role: Prevention Coordinator
Organisation: cohealth
PiP member since: January 2014

“It was quite powerful for me to see beyond the biomedical lens – to see the impact of social and environmental factors and the effect of power differentials on people’s health.”

Shelley Hewson-Munro

Shelley Hewson-Munro

Role: Project Manager, Working Together With Men & Momentum and Academic Teaching Scholar – Social Work
Organisation: HealthWest Partnership / Victoria University
PiP member since: February 2020

“I still keep hearing ‘How do we engage men?’ That question really bothers me, because I’ve been doing it for 14 years and lots of others have too. We should instead be asking ‘How can we be doing this in safer ways? How can we create allies, rather than white knights?’”

Nishadee (Nisha) Liyanage

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Role: Health Promotion Officer – Preventing Violence Against Women Workforce Development
Organisation: Women’s Health in the North
PiP member since: June 2018

“As a facilitator I really enjoy being able to hold someone’s hand as they come to understand, for example, victim blaming. I’m able to gently usher people along as they see the world in a new way. This work can be frustrating but when I see the penny drop for people, it’s totally worth it.”

Rachael Bye

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Role: Early Childhood Resource Officer
Organisation: City of Darebin
PiP member since: April 2018

“Working in gender equity in early years is this wonderful convergence where I’ve managed to bring together three things I’m really passionate about: teaching, gender equity, and mentoring other educators. I couldn’t have imagined that this work existed, that it could be a job I could get paid to do.”

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