Economic participation

Research and fact sheets


Women’s Health West have undertaken extensive work with women from refugee and migrant backgrounds over the past ten years, including on our financial literacy program.

Our work in this area has enabled us to develop an understanding of the multiple interconnected factors that can diminish or enable women’s participation in the economy, and that 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.

Read the full report

Read the full report


Read the summary


Download the fact sheet about understanding Australian Government agencies in Burmese, English, Farsi, Karen or Tibetan


Download the fact sheet about understanding Ombudsmen in Burmese, English, Farsi, Karen or Tibetan