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News Bulletin November 2021

Updates from our team

  • Ethnic Community Groups Develop Sexual Harm Prevention Projects
  • Online Professional Development Hui for Ethnic Therapists Focuses on Trauma
  • Young Ethnic People Have Fun Online
  • Shama Embarks in New Research: Enabling Housing for Ethnic Women

Important Information

  • Are You OK? The New Website with Information on Family Violence
  • COVID-19 Updates
  • Online Training to Support Young Afghani People
  • New 2021 Resident Visa


  • What is Important to You as a Woman? Participate in the YWCA Survey
  • Employment Vacancy at Red Cross - Employment Liaison
  • National Action Plan Against Racism - Have your Say

Updates from our team

Ethnic Community Groups Develop Sexual Harm Prevention Projects
The Shama Prevention team have been busy delivering sexual violence prevention workshops across Aotearoa. Our team was able to facilitate in-person sessions in Wellington with Mituakiri and Christchurch with the Women2Women ethnic women’s network. We also facilitated an online multi-session workshop with ALAC, with staff members attending from Invercargill, Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton. These groups are all now working on exciting new prevention projects for their communities, and we expect to be able to share new resources from their hard work very soon!

Mituakiri is producing animated videos in Spanish focusing on consent and healthy relationships and is based on feedback from the Latin American communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Women2Women are working on two projects. The first group is developing a campaign about helpful tips for parents to protect their children from child sexual abuse from community leaders. A community workshop will be held next year so watch this space. 

The second group is focusing on social media and safety for ethnic teenagers, offering options and ideas around responding on social media, and linking into outside resources such as NetSafe.

ALAC are currently developing their project plan, and expect to focus on promoting healthy relationship behaviours for adults.

Juanita Rojas, Prevention lead, says “It’s been exciting watching different groups develop their plans.  We want to acknowledge the hard work of the people participating in the initiatives. We are very impressed with their commitment to building safety and connection inside their communities. We are looking forward to the final results.”

The Shama Prevention team aims to deliver the Let’s Talk About Child Safety workshops with parents from refugee communities in partnership with Red Cross in Palmerston North this year. These workshops have been delayed due to the recent Delta outbreak; because they are delivered using interpreters, they are not really suitable for online delivery.  We look forward to this work with parents – our evaluation results from these workshops so far show ethnic parents are enjoying the chance to share and learn skills and ideas about keeping their children safe.
Preview image of Mituakiri video about consent for the Latin American community. The content has been produced in Spanish and subtitled in English. This is a preliminary snapshot of the video that will be finalised after a consultation with the Latin American community. (Courtesy of the organisation). 

Online Professional Development Hui for Ethnic Therapists Focuses on Trauma

Shama is hosting an online hui on Friday 29th Oct 9:30am - 12:30pm on Zoom for all who are interested in the way trauma impact people in ethnic communities. Register with for the Zoom link. Below are blurbs on our guest speakers.

Gaayathri Nair

What is Trauma, how can it affect our life? (Migrant & Refugee perspective)

Gaayathri Nair is a counsellor in private practice in Te Whanganui a Tara, Wellington. Prior to this, she has worked as a counsellor with women in prison and perpetrators of sexual harm. She has a strong professional interest in the ways in which complex trauma particularly impacts marginalised people that has been informed both by her training and practice as a counsellor and the work she has done in the field of women's rights advocacy.

Dr Hyunok Jeon

Trauma Assessment - PTSD for survivors from different cultures

Dr Hyunok Jeon is a clinical psychologist, trained in NZ, running her private practice in Auckland. She believes that there is no individual trauma but all trauma is relational and interconnected, as she witnesses this in her everyday clinical practice. Hyunok is an Internal Family System therapist with Level 1and 2 training and EMDR therapist with Mater level training. She worked until recently in public mental health settings as a consultant psychologist meeting many people with historical and complex trauma. She has been working with ACC for a number of years as an assessor and therapist for survivors of sexual trauma.

Elizabeth Maher

Trauma Treatment - focus on ACT modality

Elizabeth Maher is the Director of New Zealand Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Training Ltd. She is a UK qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and a Registered Mental Health Nurse. After completing her Psychology Honours training, she proceeded to complete her Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy training at the Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in London and spent several years working for the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust CBT Service.
Register to Attend

Ethnic Youth Have Fun Online

Because we need to keep living and enjoying life at any New Zealand Alert Level, the Youth Programme participants are meeting on Zoom to play online quizzes and having fun.
If you are keen to join the group email Madiha,

Shama Embarks in New Research - Enabling Housing for Ethnic Women

Shama feels called to make a positive impact within the housing sector that will result in better housing and living outcomes for ethnic women. As such, we will embark on a feasibility study to identify the barriers, enablers and solutions that have a good chance of rapid success, that can be scaled, and that address the most pressing and urgent needs of ethnic women.
The hypothesis is that the current housing development process, end product of housing design and neighbourhood layout, and the current options for renting and buying does not best suit the needs, aspirations, and skills of women and ethnic women.  
The hypothesis is also that if women and ethnic women are included from the inception of housing, at the design level, as co-design participants and professionals, that the resulting housing developments will better reflect the needs, culture, aspirations, and skills of women and ethnic women.  We are inviting women to participate in sharing their housing aspirations, what are the challenges experienced to being able to create or live in housing that is in alignment with those aspirations, and exploring what could enable achieving better housing for and by women and their families.
We are looking for women (especially ethnic) to participate in this research through filling in a survey and then having discussions (live or by Zoom) to go deeper into understanding.
Participant Criteria:
•    Living in the Waikato
•    Do not currently own their own home
•    Feel constrained in being able to achieve their housing aspirations
•    Be in a part-time or full-time employment or owning their own business (earning some income)
If you fulfil the above criteria, please fill in the form below as an expression of interest to participate in this research project. Personal details will be kept confidential.
Zola Rose is the lead researcher for this study. If you want more information please call Zola on 027-449-0422 or email
Respond the Survey

Volunteer with Us

Volunteering is rewarding! When you volunteer with Shama you will meet a diverse range of ethnic women and their families. You will gain work experience, boost your CV and network with ethnic communities in contributing your valuable skills.

We have programmes happening soon and planned major events in the near future. A few examples are:
  • holiday programmes
  • female driving support
  • events and fundraising support
Express interest in joining our volunteers programme by contacting us!
Express Interest in Volunteering for Shama

Important Information

Are You OK? The New Website with Information on Family Violence

Are you ok? website launched to get support and help, including advice on ways to hold a safe discussion if you think someone you know is experiencing family violence. Professional support is there for those that need it when they’re ready.

Covid Updates

Online Training to Support Young Afghani People

To promote greater wellbeing and resilience among Afghan youth in this time of crisis, we are delivering three online training sessions focused on the basics of youth psychological first aid. All Afghan youth in New Zealand aged 14-24 are welcome to attend for free. To register, please email Latifa Ali via
Afghan Youth Training Registration

New 2021 Resident Visa

Immigration NZ announced a new 2021 resident visa update on 30 September. Check out the details on the official Immigration NZ website for eligibility, process and time frames.
Resident Visa Information

What is Important to You as a Woman? Particpate in the YWCA survey

Fill Out Survey for Chance to win $250

Vacancy at Red Cross - Employment Liaison

There is a vacancy for a Hamilton based full-time permanent contract Employer Liaison at Red Cross as part of Pathways to Employment.
Hamilton Full-Time Employer Liaison Vacancy

National Action Plan Against Racism - Have Your Say

The Human Rights Commission is engaging with the public over the best action to take to eliminate racism in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is a strategic priority for the Commission - the nation's independent human rights body. We need your ideas to ensure this work reflects the vision, values and lived experiences of impacted communities, families, whānau, hapū, and iwi across the country. 

Your contributions with be treated anonymously and will be summarised in the Commission's engagement report, which will be submitted to the government in order to inform its work on this crucial kaupapa. The report will also be made publicly available.

How can you help? 

Ensure your voice is heard by answering these questions:
  1. What is your vision for an Aotearoa New Zealand that is free of racism? (Recommended length 250-300 words)
  2. What difference would a racism-free Aotearoa New Zealand make to your life?
  3. What are your best ideas to enable Aotearoa New Zealand to be free of racism?
If you have any queries, or if you would prefer to contribute your ideas by email, please email us at

Submissions closing date: 23rd November 2021
Against Racism

Shama Ethnic Women's Trust

At Shama, we understand that moving to a new country can be very stressful. Issues of language and culture and the fact that all around you are strangers add to the stress and one can feel extremely lost! Shama Ethnic Women's Trust is an organisation run by ethnic women for ethnic women. It is a vibrant, sustainable and growing centre, which provides culturally appropriate support, advocacy and programmes to be a source of strength and empowerment for ethnic women.
Email us for more information or call 07 843 3810.

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