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Dr Adele Murdolo, the executive director of the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, has called the Victorian government’s support for migrant women throughout the Covid-19 pandemic “manifestly inadequate”.
In a statement endorsed by a number of women’s groups in Victoria, Murdolo said she was “extremely concern” about the health and wellbeing of migrant communities, particularly migrant women, in the 11 ‘hot zone’ suburbs in Melbourne now under Stage three restrictions.
Throughout the crisis, the provision of multilingual information and support to migrant women has been manifestly inadequate. MCWH has strongly advocated for migrant women’s leadership in the prevention of COVID-19 transmissions. There is a need for trained peer health educators to positively engage communities with tailored, accurate and multilingual information and support. This type of support has never been more important.
While the Victorian government has engaged multicultural community leaders over the last month, women community leaders have been overlooked. It is time to listen to migrant women about their experiences and needs to ensure that they can access specific support throughout this crisis. Migrant women’s leadership is crucial to an effective, community-based, preventative response to the pandemic.
Good evening. Thanks to Amy Remeikis for guiding us through what has been a tumultuous day. I’ll be with you for the next little bit. Solidarity etcetera to everyone in Melbourne.
Here’s what federal opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, has had to say about this afternoon’s announcements:
I think I speak for the whole country when I say that my heart goes out to every Victorian right now.
This is going to be so hard for so many, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community.
Though we’re apart, we’ll get through this together.