This report presents findings from the research project ‘Promoting economic participation and equity for women from refugee and migrant backgrounds’. This project, undertaken between June and December 2015, set out to identify how structural, economic and social factors coalesce to create barriers and enablers for the economic participation of women from refugee and migrant backgrounds. This report draws on the knowledge and experience of women from the Oromo, Karen, South Sudanese, Farsi-speaking and Tibetan communities, and workers in the community and legal sector who provide services to women from refugee and migrant backgrounds in Melbourne’s west. The report aims to inform change at a systems and structural level, and service provision, program development and advocacy at the local, state and federal level.
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