ECCV says more needs to be done to counter incidence of racist attacks

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) has strongly condemned the recently reported attack on a young Muslim woman outside the State Library in Melbourne, and says more needs to be done to counter the incidence of attacks of this kind.
ECCV Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, said his organisation - as part of its continuing advocacy work - conducts roundtable community consultations to get feedback on key multicultural issues at a grass-roots level.
“In one of our recent ECCV Roundtable Consultations we spoke to Muslim women in Melbourne’s south
east about some of the issues they have faced and continue to face in terms of racist slurs and other forms of intimidation.
“As a result of this consultation, ECCV published one of its Social Cohesion Policy Briefs, On the Road with Australian Muslim Mothers – An Outer Suburbs Roundtable, which records real-life examples of the types of difficulties and intimidation some Muslim women have been confronted by.
“The roundtable was held in the south-eastern suburban area of Melbourne to discuss the women’s recent experiences. A group of 14 Afghan women, supported by a Foundation House program coordinator and an interpreter, spoke with ECCV.
“The roundtable found that local residents, in particular Australian Muslim mothers and daughters, are distressed by high levels of discrimination from other local residents in the streets where they live, in parks, shopping centres and on roads in terms of vehicles.”
Mr Micallef said the ECCV Social Cohesion Policy brief made a number of recommendations in relation to future directions. “Some of the recommendations include focusing on resourcing the cultural responsiveness and well-being of teachers and students in schools with growing Muslim and migrant enrolments.
“The development of more community engagement programs to assist better understanding between local residents and migrants was another recommendation.
“Another proposal was expanding social cohesion initiatives to address increasing displays of public racism and reinvigorating programs and initiatives that welcome culturally diverse families into local
neighbourhoods.
“The recently released Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion Report 2015 found that a high proportion of Australians support multiculturalism and feel immigration has strengthened society, and we need to do more as a society to implement policies and programs that support and reinforce this view.”
For interview opportunities contact ECCV Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, on 0413 127 422. For further information contact ECCV Media Advisor John Watts on 0400 195 480 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The ECCV Social Cohesion Policy Brief, On the Road with Australian Muslim Mothers – An Outer Suburbs Roundtable, is available at: http://eccv.org.au/.../Final_ECCV_Social_Cohesion_Policy_Brie...

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