MCWH is committed to working together to stop violence against women before it starts.
We are proud of the role we play in highlighting the experiences and perspectives of migrant and refugee women relating to family violence in Victoria and Australia.
On this page you can find out more about current projects, resources, training and bilingual education relating to gender equality, respectful relationships and preventing violence against women in migrant and refugee communities.
Through bilingual peer education, multilingual information and leadership programs, MCWH brings women together to address violence in their lives and in their local communities.
MCWH connects directly with women by sharing accurate and relevant information in their first language. Bilingual education supports women to make informed choices and lead positive action to prevent and address violence against women.
Why is this important?
Violence against women is a global issue that occurs in all countries and cuts across all social differences including race, socio-economic class, ability sexuality, ethnicity and faith. Many migrant women’s experiences of gender-based violence intersect with other experiences of discrimination, inequality and violence such as racism, xenophobia and other restrictions that impact on their help-seeking pathways. Raising this issue in a supportive environment gives women greater confidence to ask questions, share experiences and access evidence-based information and relevant resources.
How is this topic delivered?
MCWH trained bilingual health educators conduct education sessions for women in up to 20 languages in their local community. MCWH programs follow a holistic, peer-education model that respects immigrant and refugee women’s experiences and knowledge.
What does this topic include?
MCWH offers the following modules to immigrant women, which can be delivered on request at a group’s chosen location:
MODULE 1: Gender Equality
MODULE 2: What is violence against women?
MODULE 3: Prevention of violence against women
MODULE 4: Support services for women
Content can be tailored to fit the specific expectations, needs and experiences of the participants.