They say it takes a village to raise a child and the Girls’ Circle Project understands this proverb well. In modern life we often find that the village is missing, but the Girls’ Circle Project is bringing it back and breaking the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage through positive role models from older women and families.
“This grant will enable Banksia to continue supporting 30 vulnerable girls aged 8-14 from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Broadmeadows. In 2019, we will focus on developing the girls’ skills and confidence and promoting awareness of gender equity and family violence that is having disastrous consequences for women and families in our region.
We involve women from the local housing estate and older girls as mentors and encourage parent involvement to achieve a whole of community approach toward a safer and more positive future for girls.”
– Kelly Alexander, Gender Equity Projects Coordinator
Organisation: Banksia Gardens Community Services
Sub-Fund: Prue Myer Sub-Fund
The Girls’ Circle Project is a creative self-development program for girls from disadvantaged areas in and around Broadmeadows. Women and older girls living on the Banksia Gardens Public Housing Estate provide mentoring support for the younger Girls’ Group participants. The project will build confidence, recognise and celebrate girls’ achievements and actively involve parents in a whole-of-community approach.
Provide a safe space for African women to share their stories and experiences and to develop skills as leaders.
Culturally appropriate peer-led support for African women living with HIV.
To develop a cohousing community for older women.
A multi-lingual/multi-cultural peer educator network for migrants women.