Women’s Empowerment Program

AMRC supports the wellbeing of migrant and refugee women and advancing their social, economic and cultural participation through its Women’s Empowerment Program, which aims to connect and empower women from a diversity of cultures through the following projects, workshops and partnerships:

  • Young Arabic Women’s Voices tailored towards women aged 15-25 years of Arabic background to receive training in public speaking, facilitate stronger links with other young women and provide a platform to share their inspirational stories.
  • “I Made It” Sewing Enterprise Program is an ongoing program operating in the Mount Gambier MRC branch to enable migrant and refugee women of Congolese, Karen and Karenni  backgrounds to learn basic business skills and sewing techniques and to sell their items at markets for an income.
  • Women’s Connection and Empowerment Project involves citizenship preparation and learning about Australian systems and culture.
  • Connecting Women Workshops initiated by the Northern Area Migrant Resource Centre (NAMRC) and focuses on migrant and refugee women learning about life skills, English language, women’s and family health, employment and workplace laws, citizenship preparation and hand skills.
  • Council of Migrant and Refugee Women of SA (CMRW) is governed by members of migrant and refugee background who have strong community voices with institutional reach and knowledge in women’s policy, at the State as well as the National level, to help facilitate opportunities for migrant and refugee women to directly engage in driving positive change. The council’s role will also entail addressing priority issues in areas such as Training and Employment Pathways for Vulnerable Women, Access to Health Services, Domestic Violence Services, Support for Isolated families, particularly in Regional Areas, Skilled Migrants Service and Housing Equity.
  • International Women’s Day (IWD) Forum celebrating the challenges and achievements of women of migrant and refugee background with panel of community speakers sharing their stories.
  • DV-Alert and Prevention Training delivered by accredited AMRC trainers in partnership with Lifeline Australia to support frontline workers working with new and emerging communities to understand CALD issues and provide information regarding early identification, responses, intervention and linkages to specialist services.
  • Campaign against Family and Domestic Violence includes supporting and participating in the Walk With Us Against Family Violence March coordinated by the Liberian Australian Service Foundation (LAS) in partnership with the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA) and the Middle Eastern Communities Council of SA (MECCSA).
  • Connecting Women – Building Leadership is the current Stronger Families, Stronger Communities project assisting women from new and emerging communities to deepen their cultural engagement and strengthen their potential to feel included, accepted and respected as part of the broader South Australian community through community collaboration, leadership development, community capacity building and connecting for social cohesion.
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