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Stella Young, a passionate advocate for women, disability and humour.

December 08 2014 By Hannah Grant, Media Relations Officer, Our Watch

Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls and Chair of Our Watch, said that Stella Young’s passion, dedication and quick wit were assets to her role as Ambassador for the organisation.

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“This is devastating news,” she said.

“Stella Young was a fearless advocate and activist. She was clever and funny and one of Our Watch’s champions for gender equality and eliminating violence against women.

“Stella  was instrumental in helping to shift the misconceptions and stereotypes about disability. 
 
“She played a key role in our efforts to highlight how women with disabilities are more likely to experience intimate partner violence than other groups in society and the appalling fact that 90% of Australian women with an intellectual disability have been subjected to sexual abuse.

"She dealt with her disabilities as we would all like to think we would, but her courage went far beyond that to teaching others a  new and better way of seeing one another.
 
“Our condolences to her friends and family” said Ms Stott Despoja. 
 

Media contact

For enquiries or further information: Hannah Grant, Our Watch, mobile 0448 844 930, email Hannah.Grant@ourwatch.org.au

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“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000”

About Our Watch 

Our Watch’s (previously the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children) purpose is to raise awareness and engage the community in action to prevent violence against women and their children.
 
Our Watch was conceived of and brought into existence in 2013 by the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Victoria. The Northern Territory and South Australian governments have also since become members of the organisation.
 
Our Watch’s work derives from the government’s commitment to the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022 and gives expression to many of the activities in the Second Action Plan 2013–2016 – Moving Ahead.