Victory Map: One Courageous Teen Changed Education in New South Wales this Week

Every day people are winning campaigns on Change.org that address issues big and small. We’ll take a look at these victories and highlight how the world changed in the last week.

From July 2 to July 8, 107 petitions declared victory across the world. It was a particularly big week for Australia, where nine petitions won.

The biggest of those Australian victories, which asked New South Wales (NSW) government to educate children about domestic violence, was the most popular victory on Change.org in the last week.

The petition was started by a 14-year-old girl named Josie who was a victim of domestic violence, along with her mother and brothers. After becoming homeless and losing her mother to suicide, Josie decided to start a petition to ensure that kids like her would be educated about domestic violence.

“If domestic violence was addressed at school I could have gotten help and saved my mum,” wrote Josie in her petition.

Josie's incredibly moving story was met with an outpouring of support in traditional media and social media alike. Backed by the NSW Police Commissioner and more than 103,000 signers, Rachel worked with Pru Goward, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, to push the need for curriculum with the Minister of Education and the Board of Studies, Teaching and Education Standards.

After three months, it was announced that Josie’s petition had won and the NSW 7-10 Personal Development, Health, and Education syllabus would be updated to focus on domestic violence prevention. Changes to the syllabus will be introduced during the 2016 school year.

Goward told The Sydney Morning Herald that Rachel’s own words in the petition had triggered the reforms.

At only 14 years old, Josie changed the educational experience of children across her state. What change will you make?