Attitudes towards violence against women and gender equality among people from non-English speaking countries



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About the Webinar

Join ANROWS for a conversation about the results from culturally and linguistically diverse respondents to the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS). Conducted by ANROWS, the survey examined understandings of violence against women, attitudes towards violence against women, and attitudes to gender equality.

Among the 17,500 Australians surveyed, nearly 3000 reported being born in a country where English is not the main language spoken. This webinar launches the research report on community attitudes among this sub-sample of respondents.

Speakers include:

• Dr Cathy Vaughan, University of Melbourne
• Asha Acuoth, Graduate of AMES Prevention of Violence Against Women Leadership Project
• Dr Jasmin Chen, Multicultural Centre for Women's Health
• Madhuri Maskey, Coordinator, Prevention of Family Violence Project, Brotherhood of St Laurence
• Sean Ryan, Graduate of AMES Prevention of Violence Against Women Leadership Project

Moderated by Pino Migliorino, ANROWS Board Director.

Attendees will learn about the key findings of the research, and engage in a discussion about how to work collaboratively with migrant and refugee communities to address violence against women.

Who should attend?

This webinar is designed for leaders of migrant and refugee communities as well as practitioners and policymakers from:

• Settlement services
• Asylum-seeker services
• Migrant English services
• International student support services
• Ethno-specific welfare agencies
• Multicultural health services
• Torture and trauma counselling services

The webinar is also suitable for anyone who works with clients from migrant and refugee backgrounds in:

• Domestic and family violence services
• Legal, health, housing, youth or other social services

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Dr Cathy Vaughan, University of Melbourne

Cathy Vaughan is a Senior Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Health and Acting Head of the Gender and Women’s Health Unit in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne.

Cathy's research focuses on gendered health inequalities, with a particular focus on understanding violence against migrant and refugee women during experiences of displacement, transit and resettlement in Australia; and on violence against women with disabilities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Cathy’s work is underpinned by a commitment to participatory approaches to health research and to research capacity building.

Asha Acuoth, Graduate of AMES Prevention of Violence Against Women Leadership Project

Asha was born in Ethiopia to Sudanese parents, before moving to Kenya at 5 years of age and eventually Australia at age 14. She gained experience in domestic violence crisis response at Women’s Health West, Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre, and continues to work as a case manager in the Salvation Army Crossroads family violence team.

Asha has been a member of several cultural advisory groups, including the Sudanese Australian Youth Action Group and the Multifaith Multicultural Youth Network, and has been a peer educator at Youth, Me and Us, where she ran education sessions on respectful relationships for young people.

Asha is determined to create an awareness of family violence within the Sudanese and broader community and is currently training to be a professional Life Coach.

“As a young woman who comes from a culturally and linguistically diverse community, the drivers of family violence against women are predominately men who still hold beliefs that women belong to them. Our community leaders need to be able to acknowledge the impacts of family violence by addressing the underlying issue often not spoken about due to taboo.”

Dr Jasmin Chen, Multicultural Centre for Women's Health

Dr Jasmin Chen is the Research Advocacy and Policy Manager at Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health. She approaches immigrant and refugee women’s health from her background in cultural studies and critical theory with a focus on knowledge translation. She is committed to encouraging conversations and sharing information across diverse audiences, mediums and formats, and has worked on projects to prevent violence against women for the past four years.

Madhuri Maskey, Coordinator, Prevention of Family Violence Project, Brotherhood of St Laurence

Madhuri Maskey is a community development expert with extensive experience on the prevention of family violence/violence against women, protection of children’s rights, youth development and their  participation in development process. She worked with UNICEF for more than 19 years serving the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in Nepal. Currently she is working with Brotherhood of St Laurence leading the Family Violence Prevention Project for migrant and refugee communities in Northern Melbourne.

Besides her professional work, Madhuri is actively engage in Nepalese community groups/organizations in Victoria to help communities in addressing social and individual issues through information/awareness and also helping them to strengthen their connectivity and belongingness towards mainstreamed communities in Victoria.  Madhuri is a newly elected member of the State Coordination Council of Non Resident Nepali Association of Australia (NRNAA). NRNA is global network/platform of Nepalese diaspora established for social welfare. She is an advisor of the Nepalese Association of Victoria (NAV) and also active member of Didi Bahini Samaj (Sisters Society), Victoria and Craigieburn Nepalese Community (CNC), Craigieburn.

Madhuri holds Masters’ Degree in International Development and Sociology. She believes in collaborative partnership and collective effort to promote gender equality and respectful relationship and preventing family violence in the multicultural communities in Australia.

Sean Ryan, Graduate of AMES Prevention of Violence Against Women Leadership Project

Sean Ryan was born in Malaysia and came to Australia in 2017 with a student visa. He speaks Malay and English fluently and functional Tamil with an inheritance of Eurasian culture.

Sean graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in communication studies. In 2018, Sean completed the AMES Leadership Course, designed to build the capacity of women and men from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to contribute to the Prevention of Violence against Women (PVAW) in their communities and at the broader community level.  

Sean was employed as Project Officer for the partnership project: Momentum between HealthWest and Victoria University to develop and implement primary prevention strategies in his local communities to prevent violence against women and their children.

Pino Migliorino, ANROWS Board Director - Moderator

Pino is the founder and Managing Director of the Cultural Perspectives Group: Cultural Perspectives, DiverseWerks and CIRCA Research, sector leaders in consulting to, researching and communicating with CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.

Pino is a leading commentator and expert around cultural diversity, multicultural marketing & engagement in Australia. He was most recently Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia and Member of the Federal Governments Access & Equity Review Panel.

Prior to working in the private sector, Pino held important positions in the third sector and in government including Executive Officer of the ECC of NSW, NSW Regional Coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Senior Conciliator at the HREOC and Principal Policy Officer of the Ethnic Affairs Commission of NSW.

Over the last 10 years Pino has worked extensively in area of settlement service provision for refugees and new migrants. Principally through his consulting work with community sector organisations, Pino has supported and nurtured community sector structures that have changed the face of refugee service provision in NSW. Pino was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2017.

Pino is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (FPRIA) and a Qualified Practicing Market Research (QPMR).