Over the past ten years, Women’s Health West has designed and implemented a Financial Literacy Program for women from refugee and migrant backgrounds. The Financial Literacy Program aims to build women’s confidence, skills and agency to navigate complex systems with organisations and institutions to increase their economic participation.
Women’s Health West’s extensive work with women from refugee and migrant backgrounds has developed an in-depth understanding that multiple interconnected factors can diminish or enable women’s participation in the economy, and these factors interact at structural, community and household levels.
In 2015, Women’s Health West formed a partnership with Victoria University to research the barriers and enablers of refugee and migrant women’s economic participation, and to identify the action needed to increase women’s financial independence.
The results of this research are now available in a full research report and a plain English summary. Two fact sheets have also been produced as a result of the project: one on understanding Australian Government financial and employment agencies, and another on understanding Ombudsmen. These are available in Burmese, English, Farsi, Karen and Tibetan.