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Membership

Harmony Alliance Members are drawn from three constituency groups:

  • National, state-wide and local organisations representing migrant and refugee women in Australia;

  • National, state-wide and local organisations working for the advancement and inclusion of migrant and refugee women in Australia; and

  • Individuals identifying as women from migrant or refugee backgrounds who, in a personal capacity, are making a substantive contribution to the advancement and inclusion of migrant and refugee women in Australia and who are not representatives of any Alliance Member organisation.

The membership model is a key strength of the Harmony Alliance, with each constituency bringing its unique perspectives to provide a holistic approach to our work.

Alliance Members come together once a year for a planning forum to set strategic directions for the Alliance, both short- and long-term.

Why become a member

Members of the Harmony Alliance have the opportunity to contribute to the development of policy advice, system reform input, research, and pilot initiatives on key systemic issues impacting on experiences and outcomes of migrant and refugee women in Australia.

The Alliance maintains regular communication channels to enable members to share information, exchange practice, and collaborate on issues of relevance to migrant and refugee women.

Further, the Alliance continuously develops strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders, industry bodies and sectors to maximise the impact of its activities. The Alliance maintains close coordination and collaboration with the other National Women’s Alliances

Information exchange, networking and participation are other key benefits of becoming a member of the Alliance.

How to become a member

To become a member, eligible organisations and individuals are requested to download, complete and return the application form to the Secretariat.

The Secretariat will confirm receipt of the application via email. The Alliance Council considers applications for Alliance membership at Council meetings held approximately once every quarter. You will be notified of the outcome of your application after the next scheduled Council meeting.

Individual application form
Organisation application form

Membership Criteria

Members must fall within one of the following categories:

Organisational members representing migrant and refugee women

Organisational members representing migrant and refugee women in Australia are expected to:

  • Be incorporated as an organisation, company or association;
  • Demonstrate that the principal purpose and activity of the organisation is to representing a migrant and refugee women’s group(s); and
  • Demonstrate that the majority of the organisation’s membership and/or governance identity as women from migrant or refugee backgrounds.

Organisational members working for the advancement and inclusion of migrant and refugee women

Organisational members working for the advancement and inclusion of migrant and refugee women in Australia are expected to:

  • Be incorporated as an organisation, company or association; and
  • Demonstrate that the principal purpose and activity of the organisation includes supporting the wellbeing of migrant and refugee women and advancing their social, economic and cultural participation.

Individual members

Individual members are expected to:

  • Identify as women from a migrant or refugee background;
  • Be 18 years and over;
  • Demonstrate that they, in a personal capacity, are making a substantive contribution for the advancement and inclusion of migrant and refugee women in Australia; and
  • Not serve as a representative of an Alliance organisational member.

Current members

Organisational members representing migrant and refugee women:
Organisational members working for the advancement and inclusion of migrant and refugee women:
Individual members

Maria Dimopoulos

Khadija Gbla

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Maria Dimopoulos (Chair)

Ms Maria Dimopoulos is the independent Chair of the Alliance Council and the Harmony Alliance.

Maria is a nationally and internationally recognised expert specialising in the intersections of cultural diversity, gender equality and the law. As Managing Director at Myriad International Consulting Services she has had extensive experience in policy formulation for Government, research for social planning and in community legal education.

Much of Maria’s work has been aimed at promoting and enhancing cultural diversity and gender informed approaches in the ongoing complex legal and political reform processes and in ensuring the meaningful inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives in those reform processes.

Maria continues to deliver judicial education programs across Australia and currently sits on a number of boards including the Coronial Council of Victoria, the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity and the Castan Centre for Human Rights.

Khadija Gbla

Ms Khadija Gbla is an individual member of the Harmony Alliance Council.

Khadija is a very passionate and inspired young African Australian woman. She is the Director of Khadija Gbla Cultural consultancy, which offers cultural awareness, intelligence training and facilitation to government agencies, not‑for‑profit organisations and individuals; advocacy and mentoring to culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Khadija is also the Executive Director of No FGM Australia—a not‑for‑profit organisation, which works to protect Australian girls from FGM and to support survivors of FGM. She is an Ambassador for Our Watch and Director of Reacher’s Philanthropy - Committed to Women's and Girl's Self Empowerment.

Khadija is an award winning inspirational speaker, facilitator and consultant and has been recognised on a number of occasions, including most recently as 2017 Cosmopolitan Women of the Year finalist, 2016 Women's Weekly and Qantas Women of the Future finalist, and 2016 AusMumpreneur Rising Star and Making a Difference Award recipient.