If you are not Australian you may not know who Rosie Batty is, but she has certainly made international headlines.
Rosie is many things, one of which is the Australian of the Year for 2015. Rosie is also an incredible campaigner against domestic violence after her son was killed by her ex-husband just last year at a school cricket match.
How someone copes with such a tragedy I pray I will never find out first hand, however Rosie has vowed not to let her son’s death be in vain as she fights to make big changes in this country regarding family violence.
I had the honour of meeting this spectacular human being who has taught me many things. She taught me that you never know the strength you possess until you need to draw it from somewhere deep down, she taught me that one voice can make a difference, and she taught me that domestic violence in this country is a scourge that stems from a sexual inequality that runs deeper than violent tempers.
“Family violence is a gender issue. We need to change men’s sense of entitlement towards women. It’s not drugs, alcohol or mental health really, it’s a choice. It’s a gender issue and we need to empower women and draw on good men to make a change.”