On Monday, 27 August 2018 the Settlement Council of Australia attended the national stakeholder workshop on advocacy regarding the development of the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (2010-2022). This event was hosted by Harmony Alliance.
The workshop was dedicated to the perspectives of organisations representing and working for the advancement of women from migrant and refugee backgrounds. The themes and key gaps/issues relevant to women from migrant and refugee backgrounds identified as priorities by Department of Social Services were discussed in small groups. These themes discussed at the workshop were:
- Reducing violence against women and their children through prevention activities
- Reducing sexual violence
- Developing workforce capability
- Responding to the impact of family and domestic violence on children
- Adequate crisis accommodation
- Supporting the medium to long-term safety, wellbeing and independence of women and their children
- Addressing technology facilitated abuse
- Access to justice
Many other key gaps/issues relevant to women from migrant and refugee backgrounds were also discussed. SCoA reiterated that in order for refugee and migrant women to be able to have a successful settlement experience they must have access to justice and access to relevant family and social support, which are the two out of the nine national settlement services outcome standards.
In the concluding session the harmony alliance members and stakeholders also had the chance to discuss some of the pressing issues faced by women from refugee and migrant backgrounds in the context of reducing violence against women and their children.