Multicultural Centre For Women's Health



A workplace prevention partnership to address migrant women’s gender inequality.


Equality@Work is a partnership project between the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) and Mercy Health.

It is the first workplace prevention program in Australia to address gender inequality and other intersecting forms of inequality which make immigrant and refugee women particularly vulnerable to family violence and other forms of violence against women.

The project is funded through the Victorian Government’s Free from violence Strategy.

What is equality@work?

Equality@Work is a workplace gender equality project to prevent violence against women before it occurs. Given the culturally diverse nature of the Mercy Health workforce, this means recognising and addressing how gender and social inequality disproportionately affect staff from migrant backgrounds. While many Australian workplaces have designed and implemented gender equality action plans, Equality@Work is the first workplace initiative that specifically engages migrant women workers to better understand and address their needs. The project is funded by the Victorian Government for 12 months between July 2018 and June 2019.o


As part of 16 Days of Activism in 2019, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health and Mercy Health  launched ‘Workplace Equality: A model for preventing violence against migrant and refugee women’ – the culmination of their years long work together.

The Resource was by the Hon. Gabrielle Williams, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Minister for Women, Minister for Youth and uses MCWH’s Equality@Work project as a case study to demonstrate how workplace prevention activities can effectively address the intersectional drivers of violence against women.

Read and share ‘Workplace Equality: A model for preventing violence against migrant and refugee women’ here.

For more information about the Equality@Work project, please contact Maria Hach through our contact page or on (03) 9418 0950.