Prevention of violence against women and safer pathways to services for migrant and refugee communities


Thursday, April 23, 2020

What Time?

01:00 PM AEST - 02:15 PM AEST



About the Webinar

Hear about research insights from 26 projects. Practitioners will discuss:

  • strengths-based community engagement
  • engaging migrant and refugee men as allies in prevention
  • capacity-building in culturally safe practice.

The discussion will draw on new ANROWS evidence, 10 research insights from the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research (CALD PAR) initiative. This webinar will feature projects from Relationships Australia South Australia, Save the Children Western Australia, Ballarat Community Health, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, Western Sydney Local Health District and South’s Community Hub Inc.

This webinar is designed for practitioners and policy-makers in the domestic and family violence, multicultural and settlement sectors.

Attending this webinar earns 1 Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) continuing professional development (CPD) point.


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Dr Maria Koleth

Maria Koleth has been working on the ANROWS Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research since 2018. As the Project Lead for the initiative, she has helped lead communities of practice for practitioners, guide the production of digital and other forms of reporting and facilitate action research workshops. Within the ANROWS research team, she has also contributed research support to ANROWS’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research stream. Maria has a Doctor of Philosophy in Arts from the University of Sydney’s Department of Gender and Cultural Studies. With previous experience in the private and academic sectors, she has expertise in qualitative research, feminist practice, critical race theory and decolonising praxis.

Kathryn Aedy 

Kathryn Aedy joined the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health in 2019 as PVAW Team Leader. She is dedicated to addressing gender inequality and other intersecting forms of inequality to prevent violence against women, and draws on a decade of experience working in disability advocacy and research and inclusive design. Kathryn supports a team working on seven projects across Victoria to prevent violence against women from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Project activities range from delivering training and facilitating Communities of Practice for settlement, health and family violence services, faith leaders, local councils and community members, to workplace intervention and participatory action research. Kathryn comes from a migrant background and grew up in Canada. Her Master’s in Public Policy dissertation assessed the feasibility of using a community-based participatory action approach to local council policymaking.

Dipti Zachariah

Dipti Zachariah is the State-wide and Specialist Programs Team Leader (Multicultural Health Services), Integrated and Community Health Directorate at Western Sydney Local Health District. Within this role, Dipti provides leadership and support to a number of initiatives and programs including the NSW Education Program on FGM/C, Women’s Health at Work, DV prevention programs, Maternity Liaison Officer positions across the district, the Bilingual Community Education Program and CALD Youth Programs. She works on partnerships with state-wide, internal and external clinical and non-clinical teams, and community partners. Dipti manages a team of Multicultural Health staff delivering these initiatives and personally delivers cultural competency and leadership training for clinical staff across the district. Dipti is an emerging thought leader and community development professional with experience in multicultural health and population health in the public health sector and learning & development in the private sector. Dipti has held several managerial roles and has led teams and influenced stakeholders and developed a love and passion for empowering culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities for better health outcomes and service quality by bringing her wider experience in cross-cultural workplace training, community development, CALD experience and the private sector ethos.

Seblework Tadesse

Seblework Tadesse is the Director of South’s Community Hub (QLD) and the lead project worker on its family violence prevention project, Free of violence – Community to all, under the CALD PAR initiative. This project has delivered community conversations and forums, a ‘Men Managing Change’ program of facilitated prevention discussions in men’s sheds and a related digital story. An experienced senior case manager, Seblework has worked in the social services sector for 15 years and has expertise in strengths-based approaches to community engagement and cross-cultural communication through community events and social media. Since 2014, her work has been dedicated to preventing Domestic and Family Violence in CALD communities by engaging men, women and families in strengths-based prevention activities. Seblework is a member of the Domestic and Family Violence steering committee of the largest CALD Community Leaders Gathering (CLG) network in Brisbane, QLD.