During her childhood the words “history repeating itself” were used to describe a woman in an abusive relationship.
Having experienced abusive relationships first-hand, Irene founded Prepair NZ and is on a mission to give young women across the country to access to education about relationships and the early stage abuse that she never had.
You deserve beautiful healthy relationships, firstly with yourself and then with others.
She remembers having to ask for permission to hang out with her friends, and being hassled about what she chose to wear. She had hardly used social media, because liking a post from a friend seemed to cause an argument, and she wouldn’t even think about talking to a guy – because she was told that was disrespectful.
I was surprised that I hadn’t been taught about mental and emotional abuse before. I left school knowing how to do algebra, but I was unable to identify that this relationship was abusive. I made a decision that day, to ensure that others knew this information earlier, before it was too late.
Irene went through the Live the Dream programme for young social entrepreneurs. Whilst their she built a network of mentors, developed the business model and a range of products and services for Prepair NZ. Watch this space!