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International Day of the Girl Child

Wednesday 11 October 2017

This year, the theme for International Day of the Girl Child is about the challenges and opportunities girls face, during and after crisis. There are many men and women working with CatholicCare to support girls and women in crisis, and today is a great day to acknowledge their work.

This afternoon, the Victorian Family Law Pathways Network (VFLPN) is hosting a free forum to elevate the importance of developing cultural understandings of Afghan women accessing the family law system.

The ‘Afghan Women and Family Law’ forum will introduce practitioners who work in and alongside the family law sector to Afghan culture and discuss the issues that are important to Afghan women.

Keynote speaker, Gula Bezhan, a case worker for CatholicCare’s Refugee and Settlement program in Dandenong and the president of the Afghan Women’s Organisation Victoria, will speak about her culture, the diverse meanings of relationships and families within Afghan culture, and the experience of Afghan women and their families when settling in Australia.

A young girl and her brother participating in a Refugee Family Fun Day offered by CatholicCare's Dandenong office earlier this year. 

Barrister, Roona Nida, the first Afghani to join the Victorian Bar, and Senior Constable Maha Sukkar, Multi-Cultural Liaison Officer with Victoria Police, will join the panel to discuss the legal experiences of Afghan woman, their concerns when engaging with their respective fields, and the importance of building relationships within local and culturally diverse communities.

‘While we have reached capacity for this particular event, we encourage professionals working with and in family law to join us at future network events. They are a platform for improved collaboration and coordination between organisations operating in the family law system’, said CatholicCare VFLPN Project Officer, Adam Chetcuti.

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