​The Empowerment Program was launched in February 2021. The purpose of the Program is to provide a safe space for female-identifying and non-binary victim-survivors of sexual violence that fosters growth and empowerment, as well as build a supportive community.

The pilot 2021 Program was comprised of six sessions over six weeks. Each session emphasised an important element of the journey towards empowerment and healing for victim-survivors of sexual violence and harassment. Activities included self-reflection, relationship building, art and creativity, and self-care. The STOP Campaign is also grateful for the involvement of important Canberra activists in the field of sexual violence and empowerment, who attended some of the sessions and shared their leadership journeys with participants.

Each session concluded with a self-defence lesson focused on avoiding situations of gender-based violence, delivered by specialised instructors from Canberra Aikido.


  1. Enable victim-survivors to empower themselves by fostering strength and resilience and confidence

  2. Allow survivors to learn a new, accessible skill and fostering self-development and discovery

  3. Foster relationships with organisations, experts and other survivors

  4. Create a safe space where survivors feel able to connect with each other, ultimately building a supportive community of like-minded individuals 

  5. Be trauma-informed with measures in place to prevent vicarious trauma and re-traumatisation.

The STOP Campaign presents the Empowermet Program proudly sponsored by the YMCA
The Empowerment Program is a 6-week program designed to provide a safe space for victim-survivors.
Who: Cis & trans women & non-binary people who identify as victim-survivors aged 18-25


Week 1: Empowerment (Introduction) – 27 February 2021

Week 2: Recharge and Self-Care – 6 March 2020

Week 3: Educate and Connect – 13 March 2021

Week 4: Confidence and Activism – 20 March 2021 

Week 5: Creativity and Passion – 27 March 2021

Week 6: Deep Breath; Reach Out (Conclusion) – 3 April 2021