Rural Settlement: Positive Stories of Migrant Women and Refugees

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The National Rural Women’s Coalition is teaming up with the Migration Council Australia to discuss the opportunities for migrant and refugee women in rural Australia. A free online webinar will take place on Wednesday 2nd December at 1:00pm.


The National Rural Women’s Coalition is teaming up with the Migration Council Australia to discuss the opportunities for migrant and refugee women in rural Australia. This is a free webinar, all welcome.

Click here to register https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_y8rxxru8SFWcg8U8F10wOw

Guest speakers include:

Heather Muirhead – Australia Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC)

The Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) specialise in humanitarian and migrant settlement, community capacity building and development for young people, women and other migrants, empowering them through training and employment initiatives. 

Heather Muirhead is a social worker who has worked for over 30 years in the community service sector both in the UK and Australia.

Heather has worked for the last 16 years in regional settlement as Manager of the Mount Gambier Migrant Resource Centre (MGMRC) and for the last 4 years as Manager of the Murraylands Migrant Resource Centre (MMRC) in Murray Bridge. Both services are regional branches of AMRC. 

Heather’s passion is social justice and the empowerment of women, through a strength based service model. Heather has developed and run two successful employment programs in the Murraylands including a recent 8 week women into employment program, Sister Act.  In addition to employment opportunities for women, Heather states that promoting social engagement of women in regional communities is an important component of successful settlement.
 
Xiaoli Fu (Shirley)

Xiaoli Fu (Shirley) arrived in Murray Bridge from Fujian province in China in 2015. Xiaoli graduated from university in China with a Bachelor degree majoring in Business English. Since arriving to Australia, Xiaoli has worked in food processing and is currently employed as a housekeeper. Xiaoli enjoys helping others and is also a volunteer at the MMRC, who assists with events and group activities. 
 
Dr Saba Nabi

Dr. Saba Nabi is an absolute inspiration. She is a value-driven leader and well respected in her community by making a positive impact on the lives of others.
 
Based in Wagga, she dons many hats. Saba is currently a member of Regional Advisory Council (RAC) member with Multicultural NSW, Secretary and a Board Member at Multicultural Council of Wagga Wagga (MCWW), AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador, Riverina Board member at NSW PandC Federation, Australia Day committee member, a member of BreastScreen NSW, Healthy Framework Committee, NS2 Working Group, Our People Our Future Sponsor Group with MLHD, Board member at Riverina Cancer Care Centre Advisory Board, Rural and Regional Advisory Committee member with FECCA, Wagga Wagga Electorate Women Advisory Group member, Multicultural Ambassador with Mental Health Foundation Australia and Publicity Officer at CWA Wagga Wagga Day Branch.
 
Saba arrived from Delhi, India in late 2011 with her young family chasing her dream of getting an overseas qualification. She graduated with PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Charles Sturt University and has made Wagga her second home. Currently she is working as a Project Officer at Wagga Base Hospital. She confirms that volunteering is the best platform to engage locally. 

 

Rural Settlement: Positive Stories of Migrant Women and Refugees

 

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