Leveraging the leadership capabilities of women within multicultural communities
Supporting U is an innovative project by SSI designed to leverage the strengths of women leaders within Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.
Supporting U Leaders are trained as social responders to address issues of Domestic and Family Violence (DFV).
The project was funded under the COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Grant by Women NSW.
Supporting U leaders
As part of the program, SSI offers leaders in-depth accredited training to ensure they are equipped with the right knowledge and skills to support vulnerable women in their community. Following the initial training, Supporting U Leaders can access ongoing support through Learning Circles where they share their experiences with other leaders and get valuable advice to embed knowledge and build skills.
Benefits of the program
Supporting U Leaders have deep influence in their CALD communities and therefore, as well as supporting women experiencing DFV, Supporting U Leaders can drive change within their communities and work with other local figures of importance to give them the tools and information they need to also support women.
In my voice
The women involved in the Supporting U Project had much to share, including the collective learnings from the Learning Circles. To ensure these valuable insights and stories were captured and shared on an ongoing basis, a series of videos were created.
The women shared their culturally nuanced reflections on marital relationships and DFV as a way to provide additional perspectives for DFV organisations' understanding of migrant communities and to generate discussion amongst community groups.
We invite you to hear these stories reflecting Africa, East Asia, Middle East, South East Asia, South Asia, as well as regional Australia, depicting challenges when supporting migrant women in a regional setting.
Community ties are very strong and varied. The role of our Supporting U Leaders is invaluable to the community as they are allies for women in their communities in times of crisis. They do this work even though it puts them at risk of being ostracised from their community.
The Supporting U Project has been successful and far-reaching - creating a network of connected and empowered social responders who will support their communities into the future.
Find out more
To see the outcomes of Supporting U, click on the poster below.