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The Logan Reporter, September 29, 2016

Logan’s  Jennifer Uwineza and Andrew Taukolo have shared stories about young people leading change through the violence prevention initiative #R4Respect at an international conference on violence against women in Adelaide this month.

The two #R4Respect Youth Ambassadors joined a diverse group of people from around Australia, New Zealand, the Asia Pacific and Europe at the three-day conference to discuss ways to prevent violence against women and children.

YFS CEO Cath Bartolo said the conference provided a wonderful opportunity for young people to get involved and have their say on how our communities could change for the future.

“We are delighted with the invitation and pleased to see our Youth Ambassadors are being encouraged to share their messages of respect,” she said.

“We can all benefit from what they have to offer to our community.”

For #R4Respect Youth Ambassador Andrew Taukolo, the fact that he was able to participate in the conference was a rewarding experience.

“It feels great to be part of this change that we have started creating ourselves. The opportunity in front of us today is huge, and we can all work together to make a difference,’ he said.

#R4Respect is YFS’ domestic violence prevention and education strategy for young people aged 12-24 in Logan. Its main focus is to prevent violence before it occurs.

To join the campaign, young people can follow R4Respect on Facebook or on Twitter – @R4Respect.