Marissa has a passion for learning and believes in giving back to the community and helping others to improve their lives through education.
She has personally sponsored a teenage girl for over five years (and continues to do so) through The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program and provides weekly maths tutoring to a 12 year old girl on a volunteer basis through the Barnardos Australia Tutoring Program.
In addition, through WINK jewellery, Marissa has pledged to donate $1 from each and every product sold online in 2015/16 to The International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA). Your purchase (and great taste in jewellery) will help empower women on a global scale!
IWDA is a not-for-profit Australian organisation entirely focused on women’s rights and gender equality in the Asia Pacific region.
IWDA partners with other organisations to advance women’s human rights. The organisation stands up for women and girls by tackling issues of power, money and security.
Women have an equal right to be heard and make decisions. IWDA is committed to equal representation for women at all levels in political and public life. Unequal representation is the norm all over the globe. Inequality persists within governments, political parties, businesses, academia, NGOs and social organisations. This is a denial of women’s human rights. It holds all of us back, as it limits the information and ideas that shape policies, laws and budgets.
Women have an equal right to control resources and time. Women’s empowerment is not just about rights. It’s smart economics. Gender inequality costs the Asia Pacific region up to US$47 billion every year. When women are excluded from employment, or when their labour isn’t counted as part of the formal economy, we all miss out. If women had equal access to work opportunities, everyone in our region would benefit.
Women have an equal right to negotiate the terms of peace and to be free from personal violence. Violence against women is a violation of women’s human rights. It’s also a global pandemic. One in three women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. No country is immune. Here in Australia, a woman is killed by a current or former partner nearly every week. Violence against women is a severe barrier to women’s access of their rights across every area of life.
This wonderful organisation aimed at helping women is not-for-profit and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission (ACNC) as an Australian, non-religious, deductible gift recipient charity.
How else you can get involved
If you want to donate to or find out more about the amazing work the IWDA does, check out their website here: www.iwda.org.au
If you would like to find out more about Barnardos Australia Tutoring Program, you can visit their website here: www.barnardos.org.au
For more information on the Smith Family Learning for Life Program, you can visit their website here: www.thesmithfamily.com.au