Community

SISU not SILENCE

17 January 2018

Interpersonal violence is often hidden behind closed doors with no voice to be heard; Wanaka is no
exception.

Meet Emilia Lahti, a young inspiring TedX speaker, activist and researcher from Finland who will be
running into Wanaka on 23 January and will speak at the Lake Wanaka Centre that evening. She is not just doing one marathon, but 50 in 50 days throughout the length of New Zealand with her message being about opening ‘closed doors’ and breaking the silence and stigma around interpersonal violence.

New Zealand and Finland rate highly in domestic violence. Both countries have also been forerunners
in the suffragette movement where the spirit of Sisu – a Finnish term for the sheer grit, determination and
spirit required to get through adversity – has created societal change. It is no coincidence then, that Emilia and message-bearing journey.

A woman of tenacity and role model of Sisu, Emilia highlights the courage, fortitude and stories of those who have overcome violence and are now living life with more purpose. The evening, which starts at 6.30pm, promises inspiration, challenge and an invitation to speak up about social issues and individually and collectively make for change in our partnerships, families and communities.

Come and join others from the Wanaka community for a conversation not to be missed. Further info. and $10 tickets can be found on Eventfinda - www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/sisu-not-silence/wanaka.  Proceeds will go to Jigsaw Central Lakes; helping local families thrive. The event is also backed by White Ribbon NZ and the ‘It’s not OK’ campaign.