Lisa Colella is the president and founder of Healing Household 6, an organization dedicated to connecting caregivers of U.S. veterans with essential support as families face transitioning from active duty to the civilian world. When Lisa’s husband was forced into a medical retirement after he suffered a brain injury during deployment, the mother of two was forced to confront some issues that threatened to break up her family.
Domestic violence is a common and deeply harmful problem in American society, with one in four women experiencing physical violence at some point during their life time, and children are the “hidden” victims. On a local level, the statistics are equally distressing. In 2015, 34,966 domestic violence-related calls were made to the Metropolitan Police in 2015, approximately one call every fifteen minutes. 27% of homeless families in Washington, D.C. reported a history of domestic violence, and 15% were homeless as a direct result of a violent incident.
The LIXIL Group is committed to enhancing quality of life and wellbeing for everyone in society, including the elderly and the physically disabled, through LIXIL products and services. In addition, we are harnessing the intelligence and perspectives of LIXIL’s diverse workforce as an engine for growth and innovation.
Developing Products and Services Incorporating Various Perspectives
Management accountant Chrishilde Metcalfe says women should aim high – but it can be lonely at the top.
Why did you choose to work for Namdeb?
Actually, I was chosen by Namdeb. I was one of 10 bursary recipients and the only woman to get selected out of over 1,000 applications. I have been there 24 years in various Finance departments, starting off as a graduate trainee, and I have had the privilege of working with some really amazing people.
One in three women will experience some form of gender-based violence. Women and girls of all ages, income levels, racial and ethnic communities, sexual orientations, and religious affiliations experience violence in the form of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, trafficking, and stalking. Getting help is a challenge for most survivors of gender-based violence, but for women of color, immigrant women, and other women with marginalized identities, the challenges are even greater. In our work to eradicate violence, we put these intersections at the forefront.
Draughtswoman Ruusa Emvula has drawn up some clear plans for her role as a woman in the mining industry.
I have been working in the mining industry for about a year. I was pleased to work for Namdeb because I believe it’s a company that provides a strong core competency and a value system. I always wanted to work for a company where I continue to learn, grow and contribute as much value as I possibly can.
I congratulate Namdeb on being one of the mining companies giving equal employment opportunities to women, and I firmly encourage other mining companies to do the same.