This week, Telstra’s Safe Connections program was recognised at a side event to the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

During the event, Julie Oberin, National Chair from our community partner WESNET (Women’s Services Network), said WESNET’s partnership with Telstra was helping create social change.

Julie screened our Safe Connections video and explained the advantages of providing women with smartphones and a pocket-sized card with technology safety tips designed to assist women impacted by domestic violence.

Safe Connections is a program to help women impacted by domestic violence stay safely connected to their friends, family and essential services. We are providing 5,000 smartphones annually, $30 pre-paid recharge cards and technology safety tips to WESNET for distribution through partner agencies.

The event was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations in association with WESNET. Entitled ‘Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls in the Digital and Technological Age’, the panel promoted the use of technology as a safety and empowerment tool for women and girls.

You can watch the event on the UN website.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence:

  • In an emergency call the police on 000
  • Call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) to speak with a trained counselor from the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Counselling Service
  • Access online counselling at