16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence at MWA 2020

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Muslim Women Australia is committed to raising awareness about gender-based violence.

Muslim Women Australia and Linking Hearts are proud to have already started our participation in the Global 16 Days Campaign; the longest running campaign to end gender-based violence.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be raising awareness on domestic violence, which has seen a spike in cases during the pandemic.

From joint statements, webinars, social media video campaigns to invite-only partner events and client-only sessions, this is what is coming up as part of our 16 Days of Activism campaign.

MWA welcomes you to join us in our work to end domestic and family violence:


Health, Faith and Women: Serving with Purpose: Join Selena Afeaki, CEO of Crunch Fitness and Hajeh Maha Krayem Abdo, CEO of MWA, in conversation, exploring the role of health and faith in the life of a woman, what serving with a purpose looks like and how to ensure you are being kind to yourself, particularly in times of difficulty.

  • When: Thursday 3 December 2020 11.30am – 12.30pm

Serving with Purpose: COVID19, Domestic and Family Violence and CALD communities: Tune in as sector leaders in family violence, cultural diversity, policy and settlement will explore the impact of the pandemic on CALD communities in relation to womens’ access, safety and needs. MWA will launch its’ Preliminary Finding Report as part of the webinar

  • When: Tuesday, 8th December 2020 from 12.30pm to 2.00pm

Linking Hearts Ambassadors Video Messages:

Each day throughout the 16 Days of Activism MWA is releasing a message from a Linking Hearts Ambassador, who are part of alliance of male ambassadors from diverse backgrounds, faith denominations and industries, who have pledged to be agents of change, to influence social practices and to positively impact the prevention of DFV in Australia.

  • View what they have to say on MWA social media on Facebook and Instagram

Joint Statements

MWA will be releasing Joint Statements between MWA and White Ribbon Australia; MWA and National Zakat Foundation and MWA and the Australian National Imams Council. Let’s continue to stand together against violence. Find these on our website at mwa.org.au

Cooking with Purpose

Cooking with Purpose is an initiative between MWA and The Culinary School, that aims at empowering women through culinary therapy, touching on mental health and well-being. This event will bring together community members and stakeholders to highlight the significance and impact of empowering women of diversity. This invitation only event is taking place on Saturday 5 December 2020.

Local Community Outreach

  • MWA will be part of the Canterbury Bankstown ‘One Stop Shop’ on 3 December from 6pm – 8.30pm at Bankstown Women’s Health Centre. This is an opportunity for individuals to receive confidential information on support available relating to domestic and family violence, with all services at one location. Appointment only, please call 0412 370 649
  • Arabic and Pacific community radio interviews on domestic and family violence and access to support can be found on our website, mwa.org.au

Client only events:

Client only events including fitness sessions by Crunch Fitness will take place on the 3rd and 8th December 2020. We have also had special cooking experiences for clients at The Culinary School. These Linking Hearts Client classes for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence were a huge success.

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