Looking Toward the Future: An Information Technology & Resources Access Project for Immigrant & Refugee Women was funded by the NSW Department for Women.
The idea for the project arose from concerns about the huge impact new technologies is having in our lives and the potential for women to be left behind in using these technologies if proactive strategies focusing on women are not implemented.
The Project's Objectives
- Training a pool of migrant and refugee women to become technology literate on internet usage by conducting free hands-on training sessions with groups of 8 to 1O women and community workers. By the end of the project a total of approximately 120 migrant and refugee women in 12 different locations in the state have had access to training, which has increased their confidence and capacity to use online information.
- Creating Speakout's website which contains relevant information and links for migrant and refugee women. Women can access a range of community and government information and links to contact women's organisations.
We received about 290 applications from women across NSW wanting to train on internet usage. We conducted training sessions in various locations including Lightning Ridge, Newcastle, Griffith, Orange, Newcastle and numerous Sydney metropolitan locations. In total approximately 110 women have completed the training. We have also completed an accredited course on Web Design. We had enrolled 12 participants, of these 7 successfully completed the course. Some of these women have gone on to learn skills on website maintenance. This strategy will potentially enable these women to work on a freelance basis, including the maintenance of Speakout's website.
Thank you to Christina Ho, Maria Jaramillo, Jelena Gerencir and Marcia Koulbanis for all the knowledge and expertise they contributed to the project!