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News Bulletin Spring 2022

In this issue:

  • Celebrating 20 Years of Shama Ethnic Women's Trust
  • Welcoming Communities - Where We Belong
  • Connections! Hui September - Sexual Violence Prevention in Ethnic Communities
  • Jan Logie Launched Migrant Victims of Family Violence Bill
  • Elder Voices
  • Improving the NZ Police response to family and sexual violence
  • Let's Talk - Men
  • Join our Lifeskill Classes in Term 4
  • Children's Holiday Programme
  • This could be you! - Our Next Volunteer Conversation Partner
  • The Weave Market is Back!
Celebrating 20 Years of Shama Ethnic Women's Trust
Shama was formed in 2002, after the identification of a gap in available services for ethnic women and children. In 2022, this year we are proud to say that we are a non-profit organisation run by ethnic people, serving ethnic communities in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

The founding members of Shama recognised that the challenges faced by ethnic women are complex and unique, and their needs often sit outside what is catered for by mainstream social services and support programmes. In the last two decades we have developed many initiatives to address these issues so ethnic women and their families could become more safe and empowered in their community.

We would like to take this opportunity to reflect on our past endeavours by asking friends of Shama to provide us with stories, photos, audio or even videos of their journey when they spent time with us. 

Also, we would like to invite local ethnic women and their families in the Waikato Region for a Meet Up where we will have a photographer to snapshot what our culturally diverse ethnic communities look like at this point in time.

Please join us in this anniversary year by sharing your precious memories for a storytelling exercise!
Share Your Experience with Shama

Welcoming Communities Week  - Where We Belong

The staff of Shama Ethnic Women's Trust were keen to participate in the recent Welcoming Week in Kirikiriroa Hamilton to showcase where we belong. We relished the opportunities to connect with local community members in the following events:
Welcoming Week launch |  Poowhiri, waananga and kai at Kirikiriroa Marae | Keeping Communities Safe Expo | Community pot-luck at Pukete Neighbourhood House  | Conversations about Belonging | EarthDiverse open day - Cultural Ambassadors | Being, Becoming and Belonging | Te Tiriti in Your Language Launch | Welcoming Communities Night

HIGHLIGHT: We collaborated with The Refugee Orientation Centre Trust to organise the youth event Being, Becoming and Belonging. The ethnic youths of Kirikiriroa turned up to appreciate 4 performances of talented young people expressing themselves through spoke word, song and dance. We finished the night with improvisation games facilitated by MixIt.

We were fortunate to be part of supporting Conversation About Belonging. Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Taahono were the facilitators for this intimate evening where participants shared what makes them feel they belong, what keeps them from belonging and how to overcome these challenges in a safe space.
Our community development manager Suu Lam was honoured to introduce Vietnamese culture during EarthDiverse's Open Day. She also attended with colleagues the launch of Treaty People's translation of Te Tiriti into Our Languages - a grand total of 14 languages so far!
The busy week concluded with a delicious dinner featuring ethnic food and cultural performances at Welcoming Communities night. More photos can be accessed via this link.
Connections! Hui September - Sexual Violence Prevention in Ethnic Communities
Our third and final Connections! Hui for this year was a space for us, ethnic therapists and community workers to discuss how to prevent and respond to sexual violence from our diverse perspectives.

Four groups: Adhikaar Aotearoa, Dear Em, ALAC and Yasmina presented the work that they are doing to prevent sexual and family violence within their own ethnic communities. These admirable groups of people have been working here in Aotearoa developing resources, campaigns and projects to increase safety in their communities. Then we had four breakout rooms as safe space to connect and discuss learnings and how the knowledge can inform our work and the skill we could develop to help our communities.

A survey has been sent out for feedback to participants, the report from Part Two of the series will be emailed, and the presentation section of the hui will be shared on YouTube. Information on how you can get involved with the four groups that presented will be made available in the next few days.
Jan Logie Launched Migrant Victims of Family Violence Bill
Let's make Aotearoa a country where everyone is supported to stop violence. Today we ask that you support the proposed members bill - Protecting Migrant Victims of Family Violence.

This bill aims to increase protections against family violence in New Zealand migrant communities, including prioritising children’s needs, and recognising and removing opportunities for immigration law-related abuse and coercion as a dynamic of family violence.

All of the provisions in the proposed Migrant Victims of Family Violence Bill are urgently required. Please add your name in support of the Bill or email your local MP telling them that this must be considered.
Read the full bill here

Elder Voices

Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura and Rainbow Hub Waikato are launching Elder Voices, a study about the challenges and strengths of life for Takatāpui and Rainbow Elders in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Elder Voices is a chance for some of the less visible people in Takatāpui and Rainbow communities to talk about what they need. It’s a chance for older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual or intersex people - who may or may not be “out” - to share their concerns and experiences.

The survey is open to everyone over 55 who knows they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, non-binary, intersex or Takatāpui. People do not need to be “out” to anyone else to take part.  The survey will be open until 20 December 2022.
You can go to the survey via this link

The results of the Elder Voices study will help inform services and strategies for older people, in the Waikato and elsewhere, so they can include the planning our communities need.
Information to Support Elder Voices

Improving the NZ Police response to family and sexual violence

Have you got some ideas on how the NZ Police should respond to family and sexual violence? Backbone has released a new survey to find out from victim-survivors how the police respond to family and sexual violence and how that response can be improved. Please click on the link to visit the survey and find out more.

Let's Talk - Men

The 2019 Connections! Hui included a strand of engagement with men wanting to support preventing and responding well to sexual harm experienced in ethnic communities (here you can find papers/findings of the hui). Since then, Shama has had ongoing connection with these men and increased conversations with others across a wide range of ethnic communities – two of the Let’s Talk videos include men, and one of the community prevention projects was with a group of young Indian men.

The Let’s Talk Men project allows for a deepening of this connection and the engagement Moustafa, a male staff member, to facilitate prevention focussed community conversations with other ethnic men and men’s organisations – let’s talk about healthy masculinity, let’s talk about sex, let’s talk about attitudes to women, let’s talk about what it’s like for us in New Zealand, let’s talk about how to raise our children. We want this project to start to develop a network of ethnic men interested in preventing family violence and sexual harm.

Express Interest in Let's Talk Men

Join our Lifeskill Classes in Term 4

Sewing Class
Learn to sew, design your own projects and plan to sell products at markets. Sewing machines, overlockers, resources and tutors are available.
Tue 10am—12pm (start 18th Oct)
Cost: $5 per term
Where: 8 Liverpool Street, Hamilton Central
Cooking & Conversation Class
Learn to cook local and international dishes in an interactive environment. Prepare healthy affordable family meals while practicing speaking English.
Fri 10am—12pm (start 21st Oct)
Cost: $5 per term
Where: 27 Beatty Street, Melville.
English Class
Basic and intermediate levels in an interactive class.
Tuesdays 12.30pm —2.30pm Conversation group (starts 18th Oct)
Wednesdays 10am—12pm Conversation class (start 19th Oct)
Thursdays 10am—12pm Reading & Writing (start 20th Oct)
Cost: $5 per term
Where: 8 Liverpool Street, Hamilton Central

Children's Holiday Programme

We are running the children's holiday programme from 10th to 14th October, please fill in the enrolment form and contract to register your children by Wednesday 5th October 2022.
Register for CHP

This Could be You! Our Next Volunteer Conversation Partner

We are seeking female Volunteer English Tutors. Volunteers must be able to commit Wednesdays (Conversation) and/or Thursdays (Reading and Writing) from 10 am till 12 noon at 8 Liverpool Street, Hamilton Central. We are also looking for Conversation Partners for our Monday support group. Minimum of 3 months commitment, commencing mid October 2022.

You will work with a group of ethnic women who are learning English language skills necessary for day-to-day living and working in our community.
More about Volunteering for Our English Classes

The Weave Market is back for February 2023

Express interest in holding a food or craft stall at the next ethnic weave market planned for February 2023!
Express Interest in Weave Market

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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