Below is a summary of an interview with MWA Executive Officer Maha Abdo on SBS Radio Arabic on 27 May 2014
The Muslim Women Support Centre (MWSC) has been providing support services to Muslim women and their families who are experiencing domestic and family violence for the last 25 years.
However, the sector is currently undergoing some changes and about six months ago we submitted our prequalification application for all services within the domestic and family violence support area. We then submitted our service model application, and we are still waiting to hear back from the government if we will be approved for funding for our service or not.
This is after 25 years of providing this service specifically supporting Muslim women experiencing domestic and family violence. The whole sector is actually quite perplexed at the current state.
There is a need to do a mapping exercise within the broader NSW area so that we can see exactly which areas need the most support and specifically what type of support is needed.
We need to ensure that those who are funded to support children and young people are developing and implementing appropriate programs that will have an everlasting effect. We need preventative measures, as opposed to bandaid solutions.
Our concern is with the families that may no longer be supported, where are they supposed to go if everything is streamlined and they don’t have a Muslim specific service with years of experience to cater for them, and understand their specific needs?
We hope there is cooperation between the existing organisations and the government to ensure the best outcome for those directly effected by domestic and family violence, the women and children.
I also participated in the Walk for Respect, in Lakemba last Saturday the 24th May and was truly a walk of unity. Different races, colours, religions, and walking together with the clear message of strength in unity. It was an action of true respect, a sense of respect with sincerity for those around you. It was a beautiful day, a truly Australian experience, with real respect for our indigenous community, a buzzing and vibrant family atmosphere and all walking strong and united, with a sense of peace and community.
The complete interview can be found on the SBS Arabic Radio Website:
Please Note: The interview is in Arabic
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