Migrant and refugee women offer a vast diversity of valuable skills and knowledge to offer to economic and social life in Australia.
Despite that, many of us find it hard to fully realise our unique personal and professional potential and leadership capabilities. Due to systemic barriers, there is an underrepresentation of migrant and refugee women in leadership positions, resulting in a small pool of visible role models to relate to and be inspired by as a migrant or refugee women in Australia.
Harmony Empowers is an initiative of Harmony Alliance, with an aim to fill this gap and to enhance migrant and refugee women’s personal and professional development and participation, as well as their leadership skills. Harmony Empowers brings together resources, inspirational talks, and personal and professional development opportunities for migrant and refugee women to help us achieve our aspirations and goals.
Leadership and professional development speaker series
Leading the way to brighter futures: Migrant women in STEM
This webinar features an astrophysicist, a structural biologist, a mathematician, and a chemical scientist – all sharing their journeys as migrant women in pursuit of careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The panellists reflect on the challenges they have faced, their approaches to success, and offer helpful tips for other migrant women.
Breaking the Honours and Awards Ceiling:
Recognising Contributions of Migrant and Refugee Women
This webinar highlights the gaps in representation of migrant and refugee women among the recipients of Australian honours and awards, and offers inspiration, insights, and encouragement to those wanting to nominate migrant/refugee women for the awards.
Connecting with the self: Identity, belonging,
The first webinar in the series, Connecting with the self: Identity, belonging, and leadership, was recorded on 15 November 2019. The webinar features Bianca Elmir, Hana Assafiri, and Wesa Chau.
Empowering the self: Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
The second webinar in the series Empowering the Self: Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship was recorded on 5 March 2020. The webinar features Elizabeth Kachembere, Hawanatu Bangura, and Saman Uzma.
Elizabeth Bokani Kachembere
Migrant and Refugee Women’s Leadership in COVID-19 Health Response
The third webinar in the series Migrant and Refugee Women’s Leadership in COVID-19 Health Response was recorded on 21 September 2020. The webinar features Dr Kudzai Kanhutu, Dr Nadia Chaves, and Dr Arunaz Kumar.