Our Work with Diverse Communities
Women’s Health Grampians (WHG) is committed to promoting and supporting the needs of people from diverse communities in the Grampians region.
We partner with organisations on prevention initiatives that aim to create more inclusive and responsive support for women from diverse groups and backgrounds. WHG’s wider work is also greatly enriched by this exchange of experience, knowledge and understanding.
Read about our current and recent projects working with diverse communities below.
- It Takes Courage Project
The project includes a weekly discussion group and activities that empower women through:
- Developing and sharing creative and practical skills
- Building connections, confidence and support networks
- Increasing knowledge and awareness in areas such as respectful relationships, equality and challenging gender stereotypes.
The group is creating a unique recipe book to be launched in Refugee Week 2018. The book will feature recipes from homelands, family traditions, creative storytelling, art, food and portrait photography, as well as key violence prevention and equality messages.
Other activities under the project include respectful relationship workshops with men to be held in early 2018.
The 12 month It Takes Courage project is funded by the Victorian Government and is led by WHG’s Intercultural Engagement Adviser.
Contact Us for more information and read our WHG newsletter for regular updates on progress.
- Safer Pathways Project
As a member of the Central Highlands Integrated Family Violence Committee, WHG has partnered on an initiative to create safer pathways for refugee and migrant women in the region.
The project is led by Ballarat Community Health and will run for two years to late 2019 with funding from the Federal Department of Social Services.
The project’s activities are expected to include professional development activities for family violence and sexual assault service workers, and health services workers (both mainstream services and services focused on culturally and linguistically diverse clients).
More information will be published here and in the WHG newsletter as the project progresses.
- Happy Healthy Homes (past project)
This project focused on women (and men) from culturally and linguistically diverse communities and aimed to:
- Raise awareness and understanding of violence against women
- Promote gender equality
- Support communities to take actions to increase safety of women and children and foster respectful relationships.
The project included six workshops where 16 women from 14 cultures came together to make connections and develop DIY skills and artistic expression.
The women also participated in additional art workshops to develop work for exhibitions held during Cultural Diversity Week in March 2017 and Refugee Week in June 2017.
The workshops created a safe and welcoming space for women to explore the gendered drivers of violence against women and children. Interwoven throughout the workshops were informal discussions about gender stereotypes, violence against women and respectful relationships.
Male participants took part in a separate workshop involving artistic expression and the exploration of topics like masculinity and respectful relationships.
The design and delivery of the project was supported by WHG Intercultural Engagement Adviser, Shiree Pilkinton.
A project steering group provided guidance and consisted of members from the CaLD community and representatives from the City of Ballarat, WRISC Family Violence Support, Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council, CAFS (Child and Family Services Ballarat), Ballarat Community Health, Ballarat Islamic Society, Victoria Police, and the Centre for Multicultural Youth. The project also drew on the expertise of a range of consultants including Handy Girl Australia, In Touch Multicultural Centre, Pauline O Shannessy Dowling (Community Artist) and Abe Nouk (Performance Artist/Advocate).
The project increased the empowerment, agency and safety of female participants, and their connectivity with the Ballarat community.
Contact Us to find out more about the Happy Healthy Homes project.