Senior Research and Policy Advocate
Putting Participation into Practice
Whether they have immigrated or arrive as refugees, the women we meet through MCWH are strong, smart and determined. In the process of migration and settlement, they have often faced upheaval and discrimination, disrupted education and careers; and encountered numerous obstacles of language, culture and isolation in addition to being supportive mothers, wives and daughters.
Immigrant and refugee women often negotiate all these experiences with great skill, resourcefulness and organisation. So why do these skills go unrecognised?
The concept of leadership does not have the same meaning across cultures, communities and individuals. Leadership is not solely about leading, but can also be a process of communication and an agent of transformation and change. At MCWH, our leadership and advocacy program is designed to be both culturally appropriate and individually meaningful to women.
The foundation of our approach is to encourage women to Participate , Advocate , Communicate and Engage (PACE).
Education sessions and workshops allow women to identify their own terms of participation based on interests and skills they want to develop.
Whether immigrant and refugee women are advocating for change, for their families, or for their communities, our leadership and advocacy program provides them with the skills and knowledge to put participation into practice.
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