Women’s Policy Committee

The ECCV Women’s Policy sub-committee enjoyed considerable growth over the past twelve months. We have welcomed several new members, all of whom are passionately committed to supporting and empowering CALD women.

The Victorian Government is developing a framework to address violence against women and children. The sub-committee welcomed the opportunity to contribute to this process and were greatly encouraged by the fact that the DHS Consultation Framework recognised the need to better resource and understand primary prevention strategies.  As part of this process, the sub-committee was represented at a number of cross-sectorial consultations, where we sought to ensure that the concerns of CALD women were highlighted and understood.

The sub-committee also made a formal written submission regarding the Framework, which was informed by stakeholder consultation, focus group discussions and a literature review. 

In June 2012, the Women’s Policy Subcommittee discussed focus areas for the 2012-13 year. The needs and issues currently being experienced by migrant and refugee women are complex and diverse. The subcommittee’s advocacy will be informed by the group’s shared commitment to human rights and gender equality. 

Focus areas that may be considered in the coming year include;

 • The need for enhanced and more culturally responsive services for women 

 • Measures for building capacity and promoting women’s leadership 

 • Issues related to Visas 

 • Childcare issues

 • Gender inequality within families 

More generally, we will consistently advocate for projects and policies that prioritise the safety, health and wellbeing of CALD women in Victoria and increase the opportunities available to them.

As many of you will be aware, the Victorian Government 
is developing a framework to address violence against 
women and children. The sub-committee welcomed 
the opportunity to contribute to this process and were 
greatly encouraged by the fact that the DHS Consultation 
Framework recognised the need to better resource and 
understand primary prevention strategies.  
As part of this process, the sub-committee was 
represented at a number of cross-sectorial consultations, 
where we sought to ensure that the concerns of CALD 
women were highlighted and understood.
We felt that it was important to make it clear that CALD 
women need enhanced support, not because violence 
is more endemic in CALD communities, but because 
there are additional barriers that prevention and support 
strategies may need to overcome, if they are to reach 
CALD women.

Suzana Mihajlovic
Convenor of Women’s Committee

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