Multicultural Centre for Women's Health: A national voice for migrant & refugee women's wellbeing in Australia

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What we can achieve in one generation

This 6th February marks a decade since the then First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs Stella Obasanjo officially declared the date as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). Five years later in 2008, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) came together to begin work on the …

When a house is a home

All the talk of the gender salary gap and whether or not you can you live on $32 a day as a sole-parent could be enough to make you despair (who would have thought there would be gender-gap deniers, and of course you don’t live on that amount, you endure a miserable existence). But whatever …

60 seconds with Azam Naghavi

PhD Scholar and international student If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? Being a teacher. I was a teacher and a counsellor and when I go back to Iran, I’ll be teaching at university. If you could time travel where would you go? I would love to go to …

Ethnicity plays a role in the stillbirth story

Australia was recently ranked 7th among 165 countries around the world for best places to be a mother. This is a truly fine achievement – an acknowledgement of the relative privilege many women in Australia enjoy. But before we start breaking open the lamingtons in celebration, is women’s health and wellbeing equally shared across the …

Closing the gaps in health for international students

Here’s another statistical feather to Australia’s cap: Australia has been ranked number 1 by the World Economic Forum for closing the gender gap on educational attainment. No ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’ about it, it’s a ranking we can truly be proud of, a ranking that could attract more dollars, oops, female students, to our successful international education …

60 seconds with Maria Hach

MCWH National Training Manager and author of Common Threads If you were a super-heroine, what powers would you like to have? Teleportation because I’m pretty lazy and I really hate traffic – I would use it in my everyday life to get to different points quickly. That’s not very noble of me, is it? If you …

THE WRAP #2

Welcome to our second edition of the WRAP. The Australian Human Rights Commission has published a report following the study tour undertaken by the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women earlier this year. It was a great opportunity to be part of the conversation and we’ve still got something to say now! So we’re talking about violence against women, …

Honouring the lives of migrant women

How often do we pay tribute to the immigrant and refugee women who came to Australia in the mass migration of the post-war period? These women – for many of us, our mothers or our grandmothers – have left such a clear imprint on our minds and hearts, and more broadly on Australian cultural and …

The good, the bad and the silent

The fact that Victorian police attended more than 50,000 family violence incidents in 2011 – 2012 is no cause for celebration. But, according to their Annual Report, the dramatic rise of 43.3% in the number of reported family violence related assaults should actually be seen as a positive, because “it indicates greater confidence and willingness …