Dear Supporter,

Women of Colour Australia, (WoCA), Australia's leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to championing Australia's Women of Colour through programs of education, community support initiatives, and advocacy work operates the WoC Harm Prevention Fund. 

WoCA undertakes activities that directly promote the prevention and control of behaviour that is harmful and abusive to Women of Colour.

In late 2020, in partnership with Murdoch University, we developed and scoped our first research project aimed at providing contemporary data to better understand how Women of Colour experience the workplace. 543 Women of Colour responded to the survey, of which 7% were Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

The results painted a stark reality for Women of Colour in Australian workplaces, finding more than 60% have experienced racism, sexism and emotional abuse. Research has found that "racism is a significant source of emotional abusiveness and trauma for People of Colour".

Through the research, WoCA was able to understand the unique needs of Women of Colour and thus identify the most appropriate solutions. We hold the belief that the people closest to the needs are the ones best placed to create impactful, long-term solutions.

The findings of the survey have led WoCA to design, develop and deliver leadership, mentoring and coaching programs to help support Women of Colour navigate the distinctive challenges and barriers at the intersection of race and gender.

We worked with the Australian Human Rights Commission in their review of the National Anti-Racism Framework. We were also part of their "Racism, It Stops With Me" initiative.

We regularly host events (online and offline) to create a sense of belonging and build connectedness in our community.

As part of our advocacy work, we submit position papers to relevant bodies and agencies with the aim of moving the conversations from a point of understanding and empathy to action.

Our evidence-based and data-driven work powers our engagement with both the public and private sectors to bring about structural and systemic change in workplaces. 

The WoC Harm Prevention Fund will build WoCA's capacity and capability to continue and scale up its work on creating a safer, fairer, more equitable and more just Australia for all Women of Colour.

Will you help us?

In solidarity,

Brenda Gaddi (she/her)
Founder & Managing Director
Women of Colour Australia (WoCA)

Contact Details

Avaya House, Level 9, 123 Epping Rd



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"Women of Color is not a biological designation. It is a solidarity definition. A commitment to work in collaboration with other oppressed women of color who have been minoritized. It is a term that has a lot of power." Loretta Ross
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Women - Transgender and cisgender, all those who experience or have experienced oppression as women, including non-binary and gender non-conforming people and all those who identify as women. Self-definition is at the discretion of the individual.
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A - always centre the impacted
L - listen and learn from those who live in oppression
L - leverage your privilege
Y - yield the floor
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We acknowledge the Wallumattagal clan of the Darug nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which Women of Colour Australia is situated. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge and honour the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with whom we stand in solidarity. We acknowledge that as settlers on this stolen Aboriginal land, we are beneficiaries of the dispossession, genocide, and ongoing colonial violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We believe that it is our collective responsibility and moral imperative to help dismantle the structural inequities and systemic barriers oppressing the original inhabitants of this land. We are also painfully aware that this land was taken forcibly, without a Treaty or reparations made. We have taken a practical step towards honouring sovereignty by paying the rent – and we invite you to do so too. This land is and always will be Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded. 

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