Shifra provides women from non-English speaking backgrounds equitable and discreet access to information on sexual and reproductive healthcare. It provides local, evidence-based health information in multiple languages for communities with varying levels of language and health literacy, particularly women seeking asylum and refugees. Shifra also directs users to trusted clinics where they can access respectful and safe care.
At Shifra, we feel privileged to stand alongside so many women who show up for sexual and reproductive rights, and work with them to help reach women in their communities.
The Shifra web app is currently available in English and Arabic and this generous grant will help us translate into Dari next. The Afghani population in Victoria has more than doubled in size since 2011; over 80% of people in this community are less than 44 years old and over one-third report not speaking English well or at all.
Connecting with Afghanis in one of their main languages is essential to improving the community’s overall health literacy and service utilisation. Thank you, Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust
– Rebeccah Bartlett, Founder and Board Director
Grant type: Small Grant
Shifra in partnership with the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation aims to listen to feedback from women from non-English-speaking backgrounds, to deliver online audio and visual (mainly video) resources, which are easily accessible to women in multiple languages regardless of their level of written or spoken literacy. These resources will communicate information about the maternal health care systems in Victoria which will give the women access to essential healthcare.
A special thanks to the Bokhara Foundation for their generous support