In recent years a significant number of young African women have sort the assistance and support of Zig Zag Young Women’s Resource Centre specialist homelessness program. Zig Zag conducted a project V.O.I.C.E.S (Video of ideas, Collective Experiences and Stories), to enhance its current capacity to meet the needs of Migrant and Refugee young women and engage them to develop peer-education and community resource in dealing with issues related to domestic, family and sexual violence.
This presentation will share the identified and significant barriers faced by young African women in being able to identify domestic or family violence and disclose sexual violence experienced within intimate partner relationships. As well as the barriers experienced when seeking assistance from resettlement and mainstream services. During this presentation I hope to share my own personal experience and bring forward the stories and voices of other African Refugee young women whom I’ve interacted with. I will briefly highlight a project proposal and offer a young person’s perspective on a topic that is impacting not only me, or a few friends but
also many young women.
Young African women are experiencing assault and violence within their communities and their families and we are not getting the support we need. No one is talking about it, no one wants to do anything about it. Young African women are suffering and all we are being told is that our experiences are not valid, not to complain and not to speak up about things that shame the family and the community.
African young women’s voices are not currently heard within community conversations in a way that we need them to be. I hope to challenge that.
Our experiences are just as valid as our fathers and brothers and we need to speak out.