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Empowering Women from Refugee Backgrounds

Empowering Women from Refugee Backgrounds

Date(s) - 09/19/2022
3:30 am - 6:30 am

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$75 – $85 USD
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Apeiron Skills

Empowering Women from Refugee Backgrounds workshop is facilitated by women who have fled conflict and persecution in search for safety

About this event

This is an engaging and interactive workshop designed to build practical strategies that could empower women from refugee backgrounds in economic and social participation, women’s safety, leadership opportunities, and support their role in promoting social cohesion. The workshop will be facilitated by women from refugee backgrounds who have fled conflict, persecution, and violence in search of safety. They will share their lived experience and discuss the best practice principles and key service gaps in service delivery.

This workshop is developed for people working or intending to work with women from refugee backgrounds. This includes, but is not limited to, those working in the settlement, family support, domestic violence services, police, youth, education, health, employment, housing, aged care, and disability sectors.

Zeljka Jovanovic is the founder of Apeiron Skills. She was born in Former Yugoslavia and arrived as a young woman in Australia. Zeljka has over seventeen years of experience working in the community service industry. She supported clients from refugee backgrounds with settlement, integration, employment, and connections to the services and broader community. Zeljka has experience mentoring staff and providing consultation services to community groups, service providers, and funding bodies. Her expertise extends to the education sector, where she has been teaching community services and mental health subjects and delivered numerous trainings across NSW and ACT. Zeljka holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Diploma of Leadership and Management, and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She believes that lived experience and practical examples are integral to the learning process. She worked with numerous people from diverse backgrounds, and her greatest achievement is being part of someone’s journey to a better life and positively impacting our community. Zeljka is dedicated to creating an environment where every individual feels included and has opportunities to thrive.

Gracia Mukiibi is a Congolese-born Australian freelance journalist, author, motivational speaker, human rights advocate, pastor, wife, and mother of three beautiful children. She arrived in Australia in July 2005 under the Humanitarian Visas Program at the age of 13. Gracia is a proud public servant and has worked for the past nine years in the Western Australian Public Sector. Gracia completed a double degree in Bachelor of Communication, Media Studies and Bachelor of Commerce degree; Master in Business Administration (Leadership Major). Gracia published her first book, titled: A Little Recipe for Success, aiming to empower and equip young people to take leadership and discover their life purpose. Gracia co-authored the book ‘A Mile in Our Shoes: Personal stories of global journeys’ with eight other women globally. For the past several years, Gracia has also served as a Welcome to Australia and Refugee Week Ambassador.

Najla Sbie is originally from Syria. She completed a Master’s degree in History and worked nine years as a school teacher in Damascus (Syria). Due to war, Najla was forced to move from her country and lived in Malaysia as an asylum seeker for three years. In Malaysia, Najla had an opportunity to work in sales and marketing, and she started a couple of entrepreneurial business ideas. Najla came to Australia under a Humanitarian Visa in 2015. Soon after her arrival, she started working in the Community Services industry. Her first job was in a refugee settlement and then in the disability support area. Najla has completed an Advance Diploma in Community Sector Management. She participated in four visual art exhibitions as an amateur artist and delivered multiple workshops about effective engagement with refugees from Syrian backgrounds. Currently, Najla is working as a Community Manager with Think and Do Tank Foundation, where she is working with the communities in low-income parts of Western Sydney, supporting them with artistic projects and social enterprises.

Apeiron Skills is a professional company specialising in tailoring services for individuals and organisations that want to improve their skills in embracing diversity and inclusion.


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