Leadership and advocacy

Migrant and refugee women’s leadership is central to improving our health and wellbeing.

Too often migrant women’s voices, experiences, histories and expertise are unrecognised, underestimated and undervalued.

Yet, we are leaders in our own lives, in our families and homes, in communities and organisations, and in public life. Women from migrant and refugee backgrounds bring strength, skills and expert knowledge to the table … just ask us.

Maya Angelou

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

The PACE model of leadership

Informed by human rights principles, MCWH has developed a model of leadership based on four guiding principles that aim to increase migrant and refugee women’s capacity to:

  1. Participate in the workforce, civic and community life
  2. Advocate for the rights and wellbeing of migrant women
  3. Communicate leadership qualities and skills
  4. Engage with women in the community to support and strengthen each other

A key feature of the PACE model is that it can be tailored to the specific needs of individual women and groups. The core building blocks of PACE (Participate, Advocate, Communicate and Engage) can be applied in every context, to build the capacity of migrant 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.
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MCWH PACE Best Practice Guide.
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