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WRAP #71: Hear Me Too, sexual harrassment and 60 seconds with Hoa Pham

WRAP #71: Hear Me Too, sexual harrassment and 60 seconds with Hoa Pham

If you haven’t noticed, the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence has begun! It’s a global campaign, it’s positive, it’s powerful and it is ORANGE! So orange in fact that Respect Victoria, our new statutory body to prevent violence against women, has given us all the green light to thrown down the ‘orange card’ …

#HearMeToo: celebrating migrant women’s work to prevent violence

#HearMeToo: celebrating migrant women’s work to prevent violence

This year marks the sixth incarnation of the United Nation’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, and the theme for 2018 is #HearMeToo. The focus of the campaign is to bring to the forefront the voices of women and girls who have survived violence, who are defending women’s rights every day, and who …

How to change the culture of sexual harrassment

How to change the culture of sexual harrassment

The Australian Human Rights Commission found that an astonishing 85% of Australian women have experienced sexual harassment in their workplace at some point in their lives. So far from being a horrible but random occurrence, sexual harassment in Australian workplaces seems to be systemically and culturally embedded. As Australian as throwing a shrimp on the …

60 seconds with Hoa Pham

60 seconds with Hoa Pham

Award-winning writer, playwright, Peril founder and newest MCWH project officer! What are you enjoying doing at the moment? Stopping and smelling the flowers. What is the best thing that happened to you today? Hugging my children. If you were a super-heroine, what powers would you like to have? The ability to fly. What talent would …

Migrant women take centre stage

Migrant women take centre stage

Not three years ago, our bilingual educators visited the Langham Hotel to run health education sessions with the many migrant women who work there behind the scenes and are essential to the hotel’s operation. Last week we made sure that migrant women were centre stage, by celebrating in style with a Gala in the Langham’s …

As needed now as 40 years ago

As needed now as 40 years ago

Excerpted from MCWH Board Chair Dr. Tamara Kwarteng’s Gala speech “MCWH started in 1978 as a solution to a serious problem. Migrant women at the time did not have access to information and education about their contraceptive and other reproductive health options. In response, MCWH developed an innovative program that trained up peer educators to …

Then and Now with Michelle Law

Then and Now with Michelle Law

This year we have been featuring women who reflect on the past and the future for themselves and others as migrant women living in Australia. This WRAP we have the privilege to publish part of Michelle Law’s moving key note speech at this year’s Gala event. Migrant women matter, they’ve always mattered, and in the …

Looking at leadership differently

Looking at leadership differently

In the wake of renewed calls for gender quotas in Australian parliament, and awkward questions about whether the Liberal party has a “problem” with women, who among us wasn’t inspired to see 9-year old Harper Nielsen’s unambiguous leadership in raising awareness about Aboriginal sovereignty and protesting the institutionalised racism expressed in Australia’s national anthem. It’s …