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Looking UNDER COVER to understand the women’s homelessness epidemic

We were delighted to welcome around 50 guests to a special screening of UNDER COVER, a documentary exploring why women over 50 are the fastest growing group of people experiencing homelessness, at Elizabeth Picture Theatre last night. 

The event, part of Challenge DV’s 16 Days of Activism activities, included a panel discussion on the key themes of the film and exploring what we can do to address it.  

There are so many contributing factors, but domestic and family violence is a key driver. Our panel spoke about the changes needed – systemically and at a community level – to prevent these outcomes, and increasing women's financial literacy as a crucial step to ensure all women can find freedom and confidence through their own financial stability. 

Our expert panel included:  

  • Belinda Cox, Team Leader Safer Community Culture, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (Micah Projects) 
  • Jade Cronan-Thompson, Director - Service Delivery, Footprints Community  
  • Malini Raj, Head of Community Engagement - Group Customer Advocacy and Vulnerability, CommBank 

Special thanks to all our speakers including our moderator Jane Hedger, Challenge DV’s Chair, for their insights and reflections. 

Thanks too to Lady Musgrave Trust, Queensland's oldest charity and a champion for homeless women, who enabled us to share their Handy Guide for Older Women at our event.  

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