Preventing violence against women


MCWH works to prevent violence against immigrant and refugee women in a number of ways:

As part of our ASPIRE research project in 2015-16, we invited an extraordinary group of women to take photographs to illustrate their thoughts about family violence. We are currently creating an online gallery which you will be able to access here. To learn more about the collection contact MCWH.

Scroll down to learn more about our community education, resources for primary prevention practitioners and other relevant publications.

Equality@Work

Equality@Work is a partnership project between the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) and Southern Cross Care (Victoria) (SCCV).

It is the first workplace prevention program in Australia to address gender inequality and other intersecting forms of inequality which make immigrant and refugee women particularly vulnerable to family violence and other forms of violence against women.

The project is funded by the Victorian Government through the Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention Program (CPPP).

Addressing diversity in the workplace

As an aged care organisation, SCCV operates across a wide range of service contexts, including residential, accommodation support, in-home support, retirement living, dementia care and respite care.

Women account for over 88 per cent of SCCV’s total workforce of 1400 employees. Employees who speak a language other than English make up approximately 50 percent of SCCV’s total workforce. More than 60 per cent of SCCV employees are from a migrant background (including first and second generation migrants).

The diverse organisational context provides a unique opportunity to gather evidence about a workplace-based model to prevent family violence and other forms of violence against women before it occurs. As an accredited White Ribbon organisation, SCCV is committed to taking actions to prevent violence. Through staff engagement, the project will provide opportunities for women from immigrant and refugee backgrounds to take a lead in the development of a shared action plan for gender equality that is meaningful to them.

For more information about the project, please contact Rosi Aryal Lees at rosi@mcwh.com.au

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Bilingual education to prevent violence against women

MCWH works directly with women to build their capacity to take positive action to prevent and address violence against women. Through bilingual peer education, multilingual information and leadership programs, MCWH brings women together to address violence in their lives and in their local communities.

Why is this important?

Violence against women is a global issue that occurs in all countries and cuts across all social differences including race, socio-economic class, ability sexuality, ethnicity and faith. Many migrant women's experiences of gender-based violence intersect with other experiences of discrimination, inequality and violence such as racism, xenophobia and other restrictions that impact on their help-seeking pathways. Raising this issue in a supportive environment gives women greater confidence to ask questions, share experiences and access evidence-based information and relevant resources.

How is this topic delivered?

MCWH trained bilingual health educators conduct education sessions for women in up to 20 languages in their local community. MCWH programs follow a holistic, peer-education model that respects immigrant and refugee women’s experiences and knowledge.

What does this topic include?

MCWH offers the following modules to immigrant women, which can be delivered on request at a group's chosen location:

MODULE 1: Gender Equality
MODULE 2: What is violence against women?
MODULE 3: Prevention of violence against women
MODULE 4: Support services for women

Content can be tailored to fit the specific expectations, needs and experiences of the participants.

Who do I contact to organise a session?

For further information contact Amira Rahmanovic, Health Education Manager, on +61 9418 0918 or amira@mcwh.com.au.

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