By David Giammetta |
EQUALITY isn’t achieved overnight and that’s why the Hamlin Fistula gift shop in Turramurra is helping to raise money for women in Ethiopia suffering from a debilitating medical condition.
“Obstetric fistula is a hole between the birth canal, bladder and or bowel but it is much more than a hole in a woman’s body and can cause a life of misery,” chief executive Lucy Perry said.
Mrs Perry said that the condition, which causes incontinence, leaves these women isolated and ashamed.
To mark International Women’s Day next month, she said the organization was hosting an event to bring awareness of the work being done overseas.
“Pregnant women in rural Ethiopia have little or no access to emergency obstetric services, which we’re helping to change, and our Women Rock lunch on Wednesday, March 11 will demonstrate how it only takes one person to change the world,” Mrs Perry said.
Prevention of obstetric fistula can be achieved with more education to midwives at the Hamlin College of Midwives who are then redeployed back into Ethiopia once they’ve graduated, which Mrs Perry said could come at a considerable cost.
“We fund and put Ethiopian women through a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in midwifery with a full residential scholarship that costs $18,000 per person but keeping in mind that none of our staff have ever had a death in the field which is a testament to our dedication to eradicate the deaths caused by obstetric fistula,” she said.
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WHAT: Women Rock International Women’s Day lunch to raise money and awareness for obstetric fistula and the work that is done by Hamlin Fitsula in Ethiopia
WHO: Join comedian Jean Kittson and Lucy Perry for a laughable lunch packed with meaning and joy
WHEN: Wednesday, March 11 from noon
WHERE: Kirribilli Club, 11 Harbourview Cres, Lavender Bay
HOW: $90 per ticket or $800 for a table of ten, for more details phone 9440 7001
Source: The Daily Telegraph