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

Leadership And Advocacy

Leadership and Advocacy
MCWH believes that immigrant and refugee women's leadership is central to improving the health and wellbeing of immigrant and refugee women.

We look to women’s voices, women’s experiences, women’s histories and women’s expertise to guide our work and identify the needs of the women and communities we work with.

On this page you can find out more about our approaches to leadership and advocacy, our positions on issues and our submissions to government. You can also learn more about our take on current immigrant and refugee Women’s Research, Advocacy and Policy on our What’s New page.


“This has been a fantastic program that has put fire back in my life and I don’t want to lose this motivation to continue doing things for myself. It’s about time I did that.”

– Inaugural PACE Participant, 2009

The PACE Model of Leadership:
Participate Advocate, Communicate and Engage

Informed by human rights principles, the PACE Model is based on four guiding principles that together aim to increase immigrant and refugee women's capacity to:


Participate in the workforce, civic and community life


Engage with issues and others in the community for the purposes of providing ongoing support to other immigrant and refugee women


Advocate on issues inhibiting them and/or other women from participating


Communicate leadership qualities and skills

A key feature of the PACE model is that it can be tailored to the specific needs of individual women and groups. As a result, the core building blocks of PACE (‘Participate’, ‘Advocate’, ‘Communicate’ and ‘Engage’) continue to be refined through evaluation and continuing engagement with immigrant and refugee women, community leaders and stakeholders.

The PACE model of leadership has been developed on the basis of an MCWH pilot project undertaken in partnership with Victoria University and Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council and was funded by the Victorian Multicultural Commission. You can read about the project in the report below.


P.A.C.E Project Report.
PACE_ Project_Full_ Report_Final.pdf
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MCWH P.A.C.E. Best Practice Guide.
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