Three truly ex­cep­tional young women will re­ceive more than $70,000 in cash and prizes to fur­ther their im­por­tant work.

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Contents - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY by PAUL SUESSE STYLING by MAT­TIE C RO­NAN

meet our com­pe­ti­tion win­ners

Caitlin Figueiredo, 23 from Kaleen, ACT TO TRAIN WOMEN AGED 10 TO 70 IN SELF-DE­FENCE.

Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sur­vivor Caitlin Figueiredo founded the so­cial en­ter­prise Jasiri Australia to de­liver self-de­fence classes and other tools to em­power women to com­bat vi­o­lence.

She was in­spired to de­liver this work after a rel­a­tive broke into her room when she was 12 years old and tried to take her life. “Thank­fully my par­ents had signed me up to learn karate and I was able to stop the at­tack and end the abuse,” she says. “From this moment on I was de­ter­mined to en­sure no child or woman ever had to live with vi­o­lence again.”

“We’re on a mis­sion to equip women with the skills to trans­form cul­ture and end vi­o­lence fear­lessly,” Caitlin says.

Jasiri’s ser­vices in­clude self-de­fence train­ing, pol­icy fa­cil­i­ta­tion, ad­vo­cacy, lead­er­ship pro­grams, pub­lic events and an online plat­form. The judges were im­pressed by Caitlin’s brav­ery and de­ter­mi­na­tion to turn a ter­ri­ble ex­pe­ri­ence into a valu­able ser­vice.

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