Our organisation engages in continuous research to pinpoint and highlight the issues faced by Women of Colour in Australia. We actively consult with WoC, both formally and informally, to raise greater awareness of challenges they encounter in the community. By gaining a thorough, global understanding of these concerns, we can decide upon best practices and strategies for addressing them. For example, the Workplace Survey Report 2021 documents workplace issues raised by WoC, such as discrimination caused by systemic barriers and awareness deficiencies.
WoCA’s in-depth, comprehensive research informs us to produce our best advocacy work. Understandings gleaned from this research allow the organisation to propose the most impactful and beneficial policies and societal changes.
Below are some of our advocacy work:
Bodies of/at Work: How Women of Colour Experienced Their Workplaces and Have Been Expected to ‘Perform’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Community Consultation: National Anti-Racism Framework (Australian Human Rights Commission)
Submission: National Anti-Racism Framework (Australian Human Rights Commission)
Submission: Workplace Cultural Diversity Tool (Australian Human Rights Commission)
Submission: Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Workplace Gender Equality Agency)
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 systemic barriers and structural inequities 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.