Sister Works (located in Melbourne):
As a medical doctor and a communication expert, Luz Restrepo arrived in Australia in 2010 seeking political asylum. Her life was in tatters and she spoke no English. She felt like a nobody: frightened, isolated and disempowered. Luz soon discovered that she was not alone.
In 2011, along with a group of 25 women experiencing similar challenges, Luz began to make and sell crafts around Melbourne. She understood that to support each other is also to strengthen each other. SisterWorks Inc. was born in May 2013 when a committee of volunteers joined Luz with legal, fund-raising, marketing and administrative skills to give support and structure to the project.
The SisterWorks’ model – Work Empowers Women – runs flexible dual programs, where women are ‘learning by doing’ and discover how to work effectively in Australia. Earning money is a key element that encourages women to improve their personal development and ensure social, emotional and economic participation while developing English literacy and business skills. More importantly, the women gain confidence, empowering them to develop skills to address and manage present challenges and barriers that otherwise prevent them from accessing individual pathways to employment, entrepreneurship, further education and community connectedness.
The SisterWorks Empowerment Hub is a child-friendly space which provides a supportive environment to empower women. SisterWorks brings women together in a safe space to learn, experience, share, support and grow through face to face and safe digital platform education and knowledge sharing. Their Empowerment Hub has Four Pillars supported by an integrated program of social, design and business mentors.
To date, Sister Works have supported more than 492 women from 56 different countries. To increase the number of migrant and refugee women empowered to access opportunities in the workforce, SisterWorks is starting to share its model into other Victorian regions - in Dandenong, Bendigo and Carringbush.
For more information check out their website at https://sisterworks.org.au/but importantly, join us at DA$AW Inc. today in pooling your funds to help this and similar worthy charity causes. A minimum monthly, donation of just $4.33 or just $1.00 pw is all we ask. DONATE NOW