Attitudes of people from non-main English-speaking countries (N-MESC) towards violence against women and gender equality
Overall, people born in a country where English is not the main language spoken have good knowledge of violence against women, support gender equality and do not endorse violence against women.
Understanding of violence against women strengthens and attitudes towards this violence and gender equality become more positive over the length of time spent in Australia.
A concerning minority tend to blame victims and excuse perpetrators of violence against women.
A sizeable minority hold gender stereotypes that limit men and women.
Attitudes towards violence against women and gender equality among people from non-English speaking countriesDownload
Attitudes towards violence against women and gender equality among people from non-English speaking countries - Key findingsDownload
On Thursday, 18th of July, ANROWS hosted a conversation about the results from culturally and linguistically divearse respondents to the 2017 NCAS. Panellists discuss key findings of the research, and engage in a discussion about how to work collaboratively with migrant and refugee communities to address violence against women.
Dr Cathy Vaughan, University of Melbourne
Cathy Vaughan is a Senior Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Health and Acting Head of the Gender and Women’s Health Unit in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Cathy's research focuses on gendered health inequalities, with a particular focus on understanding violence against migrant and refugee women during experiences of displacement, transit and resettlement in Australia; and on violence against women with disabilities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Cathy’s work is underpinned by a commitment to participatory approaches to health research and to research capacity building.
Dr Jasmin Chen, Multicultural Centre for Women's Health
Dr Jasmin Chen is the Research Advocacy and Policy Manager at Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health. She approaches immigrant and refugee women’s health from her background in cultural studies and critical theory with a focus on knowledge translation. She is committed to encouraging conversations and sharing information across diverse audiences, mediums and formats, and has worked on projects to prevent violence against women for the past four years.
Madhuri Maskey Coordinator, Prevention of Family Violence Project, Brotherhood of St Laurence
Madhuri Maskey is a community development expert with extensive experience on the prevention of family violence/violence against women, protection of children’s rights, youth development and their participation in development process. She worked with UNICEF for more than 19 years serving the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in Nepal. Currently she is working with Brotherhood of St Laurence leading the Family Violence Prevention Project for migrant and refugee communities in Northern Melbourne.
Sean Ryan, Graduate of AMES Prevention of Violence Against Women Leadership Project
Sean Ryan was born in Malaysia and came to Australia in 2017 with a student visa. He speaks Malay and English fluently and functional Tamil with an inheritance of Eurasian culture. In 2018, Sean completed the AMES Leadership Course, designed to build the capacity of women and men from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to contribute to the Prevention of Violence against Women (PVAW) in their communities and at the broader community level.
Pino Migliorino, ANROWS Board Director - Moderator
Pino is the founder and Managing Director of the Cultural Perspectives Group: Cultural Perspectives, DiverseWerks and CIRCA Research, sector leaders in consulting to, researching and communicating with CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia. Pino has worked extensively in the area of settlement service provision for refugees and new migrants.
Further resources to support people working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities
Webster, K., Vaughan, C., Yasmin, R., Diemer, K., Honey, N., Mickle, J., Morgan, J., Parkes, A., Politoff, V., Powell, A., Stubbs, J., & Ward, A. (2019). Attitudes towards violence against women and gender equality among people from non-English speaking countries: Findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) (ANROWS Insights, Issue 02/2019). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS.