MCWH: A national voice for migrant & refugee women's wellbeing in Australia

Policy

Supporting women’s right to choose

MCWH is one of forty organisations that has signed on to an open letter to the Premier regarding abortion laws. Immigrant and refugee already face significant barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health services and MCWH welcomes the government’s commitment to reject any changes to the Abortion Law Reform Act that would reduce women’s access …

Royal Commission into Family Violence – Day #17

Today is Day #17 of the Royal Commission and the focus is on looking at diversity of experiences, community attitudes and structural impediments surrounding family violence. Of particular interest to MCWH is the examination of family violence and prevention within the framework of immigrant and refugee communities. Community attitudes to family violence, along with structural and …

Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence

Violence against women occurs in all Victorian communities and across all cultures. There are clear differences in the way that violence is enacted across cultures and social contexts, but no one immigrant/refugee community or culture is any more violent than another. However, due to structural inequalities, immigrant and refugee women are more vulnerable to violence, …

Sharing our Strengths: Where to from here for FGM/C prevention?

  Last WRAP we lamented that your average, news-loving Australian is unlikely to learn about the complex issues related to ending female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) because, too often, that kind of complexity is pushed out in favour of some good-old heart-pumping, paper-selling sensationalism. Now, thanks to the symposium that MCWH held in Melbourne this month, in …

2014 CEDAW Shadow Report Consultation

Last week MCWH co-hosted an important discussion focusing on immigrant and refugee women’s rights with Diaspora Action Australia and YWCA Australia. YWCA Australia led the consultation as part of the development of the 2014 United Nations Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Shadow Report. The 2014 CEDAW Shadow Report aims to feature ‘spotlights’ on …

Our Voices: Filling the Gaps FGM Spokesperson Project

  This week MCWH was honoured to welcome African Women Australia (AWAU) to our Melbourne training room to conduct a component of their national FGM Spokesperson Project. Juliana Nkrumah and Paula Abood worked together with 7 Melbourne-based African women to frame and develop their own digital  stories, which will then be presented at the ‘Our Bodies, …

A model for FGM/C Community Education in Victoria

The Victorian FGM/C program, the Family and Reproductive Rights Education Program (FARREP), is under review. The aim of the review is to address a range of changes and challenges that have been identified over the 13 years of the program’s implementation. MCWH commends the Department of Health’s commitment to FGM/C education and community engagement, and …

MWHA Roundtable: Building a national picture of immigrant and refugee women’s health

Last week MCWH hosted a two-day roundtable for members of our national multicultural women’s health network, which has been developed as part of the the Multicultural Women’s Health Australia program. The occasion provided a rare opportunity to survey the current landscape for immigrant and refugee women’s health and wellbeing across Australia. Apart from our member …

Position Paper on International Student Access to Pregnancy-Related Care

Through the On Your Own research project we undertook in 2011 with international students in Melbourne, we found that the minimum requirements of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Deed pose significant obstacles to female international students who fall pregnant unintentionally. Through further consultation with services and students across Australia, we have found that this …