A new collaboration between RMIT researchers and the City of Melbourne is focusing on empowering African Australian women.
Dr Nthati Rametse and Dr Michael Muchiri, from the School of Management, led the first in a series of workshops aimed at assisting the African Women Council of Victoria to develop a unified vision built on values, vision, mission, goals, objectives and strategies that would lead to their empowerment.
The workshops will focus on several priority areas including gender equality, women’s leadership, capacity building and financial literacy, family violence prevention, and family violence service responsiveness.
The one-day event was opened by Dr Jackie Watts and closed by Dr Cathy Oke, councillors from the City of Melbourne. Both spoke about the importance of female collaboration and visioning within their organisations.
Participants were required to form groups and came up with their own values, goals, vision and mission statements within a short time-frame.
“By developing these statements and strategies you now have an important guide for each and every decision and action that your organisation undertakes," Rametse said.
She stressed the importance of this experiential workshop in assisting other African women organisations in Australia to develop their own values and mission statements.
Muchri explained that it is vital to have a plan that sets out clear goals for advancing your vision and identifying projects that will accomplish those goals.
“The mission statement you have agreed upon today will help you to steer your organisation to projects and activities relevant to your goals and objectives,” he said.
Stephen Sibanda from the City of Melbourne said he was hopeful the collaboration with RMIT would yield scientific data that would inform policy makers when funding future programs for the African Women Council of Victoria.
Story: Ainslie Logsdon