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Breaking Down Barriers for Migrant Women

Over the last 15 years, the percentage of Australians born overseas has continued to increase. In 2016, Australia’s population continued to diversify, with an estimated 28.5% (6.9 million people) born overseas (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016). In terms of the nation’s young population, 25 percent of young people in Australia were culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) youth.

Out of this demographic, 49% are young females and these numbers are expected to grow.
The Victorian population mirrors this cultural and ethnic diversity. Many Victorians are born overseas, from over 200 countries. They are followers of some of 130 religions and are speakers of 260 different languages.

Unfortunately, for CALD young women, gender inequality may be a ‘triple disadvantage’, as they manage the process of acculturation into a new culture and deal with gendered discrimination, while simultaneously navigating the challenges of adolescence.

How do we tackle this? What tools to we put in place to mitigate these barriers?

YWCA's super brainy volunteer, Victoria Madamba, investigated these issues. You can read her study here.