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Boosting opportunities for migrant women in regional Queensland

Published:22 August 2019

TOP: Dr Neeta Tabassum Ferdous acts as MC for the launch, watched by participants including Professor Denise Wood AM and Dawn Hay. BELOW: Dr José van den Akker (centre) introduces her role in the project.

A new project has been launched to provide more inclusive workplaces and employment opportunities for migrant women in regional Queensland.

The project – a collaboration between CQUniversity and the Central Queensland Multicultural Association (CQMA) - was launched at CQUni Rockhampton North on Friday, 23 August.

It seeks to improve skills and knowledge recognition of women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in Central Queensland.

Led by CQUniversity academics Professor Denise Wood AM and Dr José van den Akker, and Dawn Hay from CQMA, the project seeks to identify the enablers and barriers to employing women from diverse backgrounds and to help employers develop more inclusive strategies.

“This collaborative project aims to address the demonstrated need to provide more inclusive workplaces and employment opportunities for migrant women in regional Queensland,” Professor Wood says.

“In partnership with employers and CALD women, CQUniversity and CQMA will create a participatory model whereby all stakeholders work together to develop appropriate strategies to actively support migrants, refugees, employers and the wider community.”

The project is funded by the Queensland Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.