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Community Development

IWAA delivers a range of community capacity building projects to respond to community needs.

The Community Action for a Multicultural Society (CAMS) program funds community-based organisations to support greater intercultural connectedness so that people from culturally diverse backgrounds can achieve their ambitions for social and economic participation

We currently receive funding under the Community Action for a Multicultural Society (CAMS) program to deliver state-wide service to Muslim Women across QLD.

Under this program IWAA consults with Muslim Communities about local issues and delivers activities that build social connectedness for this group.

Current Community Capacity Building Activities include:

  • Host a Community Connections Day – A services expo whereby local mainstream service providers provide information about the services they provide and where women are able to attend to explore how they can access these services.
  • Respectful Relationships Workshops – These workshops conducted with Muslim youth identify any cultural practices or attitudes that give rise to domestic violence and ensure that young people understand the principles of respectful relationships with their peers.
  • Parenting Between Cultures workshops focus on providing families with advice and information regarding parenting strategies – what constitutes abuse and what parenting strategies are acceptable in Australia.
  • Passion Café Series Workshop – is aimed at challenging the stereotypical narrative of Muslim women as the victim, while at the same time empowering women to share their passion. It provides a culturally safe public platform to strengthen speaker ability in Muslim women to narrate stories and deliver powerful messages in front of a live audience.
  • Islamic Awareness Sessions – Are aimed at addressing discrimination and promoting education to reduce attacks on Muslim women. The workshops help develop an understanding of common stereotypes and myths that contribute to negative views regarding Muslims, while educating people regarding Islam in addition to providing them with the skills and strategies to pass this knowledge to others.
  • The Peace Circle – The Peace Circles is a program developed by Initiative of Change and co-hosted by IWAA. It aims to engage and empower women in their role as creators of peace at every level of society; to pre-empt violence by addressing the roots of conflict in and around us; to encourage and connect existing ‘peace builders’ and to build just, caring and inclusive communities for all.