Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Tony McRae has approved grants to community-based organisations under the Western Australian Inclusion and Integration Grants Program.
The Ishar Multicultural Women's Health Centre, Mirrabooka, will receive $14,600 for the ‘Getting Connected’ program, aiming to empower 20 young women aged 13 to 17 years from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds to take charge of their own lives and develop links with their community.
The young women will have the opportunity to develop life skills, gain confidence, broaden their network of influence, and gain access to information and opportunities within the broader community.
“The project will target young women from very diverse backgrounds who are at risk of isolation, providing them with an opportunity to develop skills and networks that will better equip them to live productively within the community,” Mr McRae said.
“I am sure the program will not only be of benefit to the young women themselves but also to their communities.”
The Grants Program is one of the key initiatives flowing from the Inclusion and Integration Action Plan approved by Cabinet in 2005 and was developed in recognition of the need for broad-scale change to address exclusion and social alienation of some members of religious and ethnic minorities, particularly those from new and emerging communities.
The grants will support community organisations with new plans, or building on existing ones, that promote integration, inclusion and active participation of minority groups in all walks of life.
“I am confident the projects will produce terrific results as they involve partnerships and collaboration between community organisations and the non-Government sector, facilitate interaction between minority groups and the broader community and promote active citizenship among minority communities,” the Minister said.
“In approving these grants, a strong emphasis has been placed on innovative projects for young people and those designed to remove structural and other barriers to participation, particularly of new and emerging communities.”
The next round of grants will be announced early in 2007 and the Office of Multicultural Interests will continue to work with community groups to develop their project ideas and assist them in the application process.
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