Migrant women’s groups commend voting down of ‘racist’ amendment to NSW abortion bill

SBS, 19th September 2019

Groups representing migrant women in Australia have praised the voting down of a controversial amendment to NSW’s proposed abortion bill that would have explicitly banned abortions on the basis of gender selection.

The amendment had been labelled “racist” and a “dog-whistle” on the basis it specifically targeted Indian and Chinese communities as responsible for using abortion as a means of gender selection in a bid to have male children.

A joint statement released ahead of the debate on Wednesday, signed by six advocacy groups for multicultural women, said the proposed amendment risked “introducing racial profiling and amplifying discrimination in our healthcare system”.

Indian women are the largest migrant group in Australia to call family violence helpline

SBS News, 10 Feb 2017 – 12:05 PM

After Australian-born women, the largest number of women seeking help from the national family violence helpline 1800RESPECT are those born in India.

In an earlier interview, social workers Taruna Singh Chaudhry and Prateek Pahwa had also revealed that India-born women facing family violence seldom access government services, for fear of losing their visa status.

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We Weren’t Born Yesterday

Queering the Air Collective at 3CR Community Radio, 2015

We Weren’t Born Yesterday is a series of four hour-long episodes focusing on the voices of GLBTIQ people from Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic and Hindi speaking backgrounds.

Produced by the Queering the Air Collective at 3CR Community Radio, the series explores queer heritage, vocabulary and intergenerational connections in migrant communities in Australia.
EPISODE ONE: This episode explores GLBTIQ heritage within the Vietnamese-Australian community.
EPISODE TWO: Lia Incognita looks at queer cultural heritage, intergenerational connections and GLBTIQ Mandarin vocabulary among the Chinese diaspora in Australia.
EPISODE THREE: This episode, produced by Nicki Russell and Jessie Richardson, explores evolving language and identities, representation in books and film, and family and community amongst Arab-Australians.
EPISODE FOUR: This episode, produced by Arjun, explores GLBTIQ heritage within the Indian-Australian community.
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