Victims of coronavirus-fuelled racism in Australia are speaking out about its impact

Lynn Ooi A reporting database for anti-Asian racism in Australia during the COVID-19 outbreak has received more than 170 responses since it launched a fortnight ago, with the Human Rights Commission also seeing a spike in racial discrimination complaints. Here, Lyn Ooi, a Malaysian Pharmacist in Queensland, speaks about the Covid-19 racism and vilification she has experienced.

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Open Letter from the Victorian Multicultural CEO Network – COVID-19

Covid-19The Multicultural CEO Network (30 Organisations in all) has written to the Premier (of Victoria) and the members of the Crisis Council of Cabinet with the goal of raising awareness of the needs of the multicultural communities of Victoria (and Australia) in this time of coronavirus – Covid-19. The Multicultural CEO Network offers its considerable experience and skill-base to the Premier and Crisis Council in rendering assistance to resolve the issues experienced by the CALD communities of Victoria in this time of Declaration of Emergency by the Premier and the issues exposed by the declaration and pandemic.

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Changing Men’s Behaviour – Online sessions

Parenting skills courseDr Santino and Deng Kor will be speakers on Changing Men’s Behaviours and Respectful Relationships in Families, in Zoom sessions commencing on 6 May 2020 from 2pm. The goal is to strengthen family relationships based on cultural approaches.

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Positive Parenting – Women’s Online Sessions

African ladiesEthnic Council of Shepparton and District in collaboration with Catholic Care and Primary Care Connect will present free session in improving family relationships/family health for settlement communities of Greater Shepparton. The session will be conducted online using Zoom on 22 April 2020. This session is for women.

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In Your Language: Learning from home information for parents

Department of Education and Training

There are now translated resources available on the Department of Education and Training website regarding supporting learning from home – Learning from home advice in your language. The factsheet and letter to parents has been translated into 22 languages.

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Shepparton’s refugee and asylum seeker community resilient despite COVID-19

Sam AtukoralaMr Atukorala – Strategic Engagement Coordinator at the Ethnic Council of Shepparton – urges the Greater Shepparton community to remember the experiences of these vulnerable local groups when dealing with the pandemic. “Even though many refugees and asylum seekers have lost almost everything, they still share whatever they have,” he told.

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