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Economic Empowerment of Refugee, Migrant and Asylum Seeker Women

Accessing employment not only helps us pay the bills, it makes us feel valued and acknowledged for who we are and what we can contribute to our community.

Whilst finding a job is never easy, some migrant, refugee and asylum seeker women, face multiple cultural and language barriers to getting a job.

With this grant we can provide more disadvantaged women with little to no prospect of employment, the support to empower themselves through our programs. It allows us to promote a positive approach to reducing unemployment and social exclusion for marginalised women of asylum seeker, refugee and migrant backgrounds. With the funds to grow, we can provide more vulnerable women greater access to our inclusive SisterWorks community and services.

– Danielle Heaven, Grants Lead

Organisation: SisterWorks
Grant Type: Small Grant
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2018-2019

Sisterworks’ Label Food Products Project welcomes women who are experiencing cultural, social, economic or domestic challenges and supports these women to use their existing cooking skills to create an income stream. Using their own homegrown recipes, their produce will be marketed under the Sisterworks’ label, and each participant will be mentored to further their small business skills.

This project gives us the opportunity to honour the diversity of our Victorian culture, recognise the value and skills of the migrant women involved, and support them as they fulfil their potential.

Back to 2018 grants

A special thank you to the Bokhara Foundation for supporting the project.

Grants 2018-19

Dial a Sista
Grants

Dial a Sista

An initiative in Dandenong that will provide women training, employment and support.

Financial Literacy for Every Woman
Grants

Financial Literacy for Every Woman

Supporting women by looking at what’s not working for them financially and how best to address it.

Homeless Mothers and Babies Program
Grants

Homeless Mothers and Babies Program

Supporting young mothers and their babies to come home from hospital to a richly supportive environment with live-in carers.

Keeping Women and Children Seeking Asylum in Safe Housing
Grants

Keeping Women and Children Seeking Asylum in Safe Housing

Providing rent assistance to people seeking asylum, currently supporting 48 women and 30 girls.

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