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Hidden barriers to happy families

Hidden barriers to happy families

Image of Bernadette Romulo and her son from her current petition to stay in Australia.   Migrants and refugees are often associated with families: large, cohesive, argumentative, meddling families, with children at the centre of the action. And yet, migrants and refugees often face a huge struggle to have united, healthy, happy families. Restrictive immigration …

The gifts that love won for 2018

The gifts that love won for 2018

Here at MCWH we’re not usually excited by celebrity weddings. It’s often difficult to connect with “who is marrying who” in the faraway worlds of movie stars or royals. But hearing about the first same sex marriages taking place in Australia, at MCWH we can’t help but be excited. These joyous occasions have been so …

Self-care during the silly season

It’s that time of year when we wish many of our friends, family and colleagues a safe and happy summer break. Often the safety risks we have in mind are about taking care travelling or not running around the swimming pool. But the silly season can also throw other sorts of health risks our way. …

60 seconds with Hope Mathumbu

New motorist, twitter enthusiast and MCWH Project Officer What are you enjoying doing at the moment? I am enjoying a series of free exercise classes being offered by the Maribyrnong City Council’s Spring into Summer series. I decided to challenge myself this year and signed up for high intensity classes. It’s been a great experience. …

Getting a head start on prevention

Preventing violence against women is a long-term endeavour. It requires deep cultural change in the way that we, as a community, practice our gendered interpersonal, family, workplace and social relationships. Alongside that cultural change, it means building women’s equality into our systems and structures, laws and policies. We’ve already come a long way. Today, we …

Beyond the baby blues: Submission to the Victorian Family and Community Development Committee Public Inquiry into Perinatal Services

On the one hand, motherhood may seem like one of the most natural things in the world. On the other, it all seems like hard work when the popular benchmarks for motherhood success are ‘yummy mummies’, backyard blitz homes and bouncy, shiny children. While the lived reality of mothering might lie somewhere in between, we …

60 seconds with Rani Pramesti

Performance maker, intercultural producer and advocate for diversity in the arts What are you enjoying doing at the moment? Collaborating with an illustrator to adapt my previous performance work, Chinese Whispers, into a digital graphic novel. What is the best thing that has happened to you today? It’s possibly the best but also the most …