Shakti Community Council is a non-profit organisation serving migrant and refugee women of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin. Shakti; meaning strength; works to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women of colour. It supports women to overcome the barriers that come with migration and inter-generational bonds of cultural oppression. Led by ethnic women for ethnic women, Shakti is dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights of both women and children and advocating social change.
Shakti's mission is to facilitate and ensure good health and overall well-being of New Zealand's migrant and refugee communities through culturally appropriate services within a culturally appropriate environment.
Shakti's services include a 24-hour domestic violence intervention service and other social services to migrant and refugee families. They also run a 24-hour 0800 crisis line.
Migrant women who are unlabelled, unsure about or questioning their sexuality are also welcome.
Shakti's forte has been in providing culturally-sensitive services, by ethnic people for ethnic people. Their patron is Helen Clark