The Our Voices, Changing Cultures Project seeks to build resilience, capacity and leadership amongst young same-sex attracted (SSA) women from culturally diverse immigrant and refugee backgrounds.
The project will:
1) Develop and deliver capacity building workshops for SSA women from culturally diverse immigrant and refugee backgrounds. The workshops will be designed to be enabling, empowering and cognisant of the specific cultural contexts in which young SSA women experience their lives and sexualities. Topics covered include: Visibility/invisibility, mental health and wellbeing, coming out, coming home or inviting people in, the idea of culture being a grounding force and leadership and advocacy.
2) Increase visibility of SSA women’s stories in society Stories from the workshops will be innovatively presented through a performance piece targeting both ethnic communities and mainstream LGBT services across Victoria, aiming to educate and advocate for intersectional approaches to gender and sexual diversity.
3) Provide training and resources to youth and mental health and the SSAGD sectors to build their understanding of issues facing GLBTI young people from culturally diverse immigrant and refugee families. The project will be promoted and delivered to health and community workers who come into contact with young LGBTIQ people from culturally diverse immigrant and refugee backgrounds to build their capacity and provide better support to this group.
To access the final report for the Our Voices, Changing Cultures Project please click the document link at the bottom of the page.