Part of a series of 16 stories featuring women we have accompanied through the Finding Safety Project, shared for the 16 Days of Activism.
Mazona* married very young, to a much older man, arguably in conditions of modern slavery. She seperated from her husband after experiencing domestic violence.
Mazona’s visa status in Australia is in limbo, which means she does not have work rights, she does not qualify for government support, and she is therefore at a real risk of experiencing homelessness.
These factors work together to limit the agency Mazona has over her life and circumstances, which in turn impacts Mazona’s emotional wellbeing, in addition to the trauma of having experienced sexual and gender-based violence.
The Finding Safety Project now provides Mazona’s only source of income, which is required to cover basic food and refuge needs. Mazona has also been provided with counselling support and legal services to secure protection in Australia.
If Mazona’s protection visa is granted, Mazona will be able to make better use of the services of JRS Australia’s Employment Program and be empowered to secure stable employment.
Mazona hopes to gain financial independence and begin rebuilding her life.
*name changed to protect story-teller’s identity
16 Days of Activism
JRS Australia is participating in the call to action presented by the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls. This story has been shared as part of our “16 Days, 16 Stories” Campaign for 2023, focusing on the work we do through our Finding Safety Project to support women on temporary visas who have experienced or are at risk of sexual or gender-based violence.
We sincerely hope that reading these stories, and learning more about the important work our Finding Safety Project does in the absence of any other coordinated or government support, will inspire you to invest in us, invest in the women we serve, and invest in a future where women and girls are free from all forms of violence.
Visit our 16 Days, 16 Stories campaign page to learn more.