Walk in Her Shoes raises funds and awareness for CARE Australia’s vital work that helps reduce the distance women and girls have to walk by providing clean water and nutritious food close to home. For an interview with a Walk in Her Shoes ambassador, please contact Nerida Williams in our Media Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 9009 7130.
Jamila is a columnist and author. She appears regularly on TV and radio, and writes a weekly column for news.com.au. Jamila is a long-time supporter of CARE Australia and has been named by the AFR and Westpac Bank as one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women. Jamila lives in Melbourne with her husband and son.
“A girl should never have to choose between a day spent walking in search of clean water to drink and getting her education. Both are her right. That’s why I’m asking all Australians to spend a week, a day, or even an hour ‘walking in her shoes’ to show girls and women around the world that they are not alone. That we care.”
South Sundanese refugee Deruka fled her war-torn homeland as a young girl. Deruka used to walk up to 10km a day to collect clean water for her family. She escaped with her brother to Kenya, leaving her family behind. Seven years ago she was granted refugee status in Australia. Today she lives and works in Victoria with her husband and five children.
“As a young girl, I would have to walk over 10 kilometres a day to collect firewood and water for my family. I have walked in those shoes and I know how heavy they are. I urge you to join me in this campaign to help empower the world’s most vulnerable girls, pull them out of the cycle of poverty and give them the keys to a life they have never imagined.”
Nyamal has experienced more hardship than most people can imagine. Nyamal came to Australia with her mother and siblings ten years ago when they were granted refugee status while living in a camp in Kenya. Graduating from high school two years ago, Nyamal is now working in aged care and studying beauty therapy part time.
“Growing up in war-torn East Africa meant I experienced a childhood very different to what most Aussie kids could ever imagine. The daily search for fresh water and food means school is a luxury most kids, especially young girls, never get to experience. I’m joining Walk in Her Shoes to support the women and children who haven’t been as lucky as me.”