Media & Reports
Advocacy is personal for these multicultural award recipients. And they say more work is needed
A fierce advocate for multicultural communities over the past 35 years, Maria Dimopolous still remembers as a child watching her mother struggle to defend her with broken English. In primary school, she and her brother were accused of…
Maria Dimopoulos awarded for her passionate advocacy of Victoria’s multicultural communities
Maria Dimopoulos AM has been honoured with the Premier’s Award for Community Harmony for her relentless, passionate and effective advocacy of Victoria’s multicultural communities for over 30 years.
Maria Dimopoulos, appointed as Deputy Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission
The Andrews Labor Government welcomed eight new appointees to the Victorian Multicultural Commission, including Maria Dimopoulos as Deputy Chairperson of the commission. Ms Dimopoulos, a trained lawyer, is a…
Maria Dimopoulos, AM: "we need to establish a truth- telling process in this country”
Greek- Australian human rights advocate and tireless campaigner for migrant and refugee women, Maria Dimopoulos, was named Member of the Order of Australia for “significant service to women, to cultural diversity, and to the prevention of domestic violence”.
Breakthrough - The Future is Gender Equality
Maria Dimopoulos is an nationally and internationally recognised expert on gender equality and violence against women with a particular expertise in working with multicultural communities. n 2008, Maria was appointed by the Federal government to the National Council to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.
VICFORUM 2022 - A Diversity Forum
Maria has made significant contributions to policy development, research and community education, including as a member of the federal Access and Equity Inquiry Panel and as the inaugural Chairperson of the Harmony Alliance – Australia’s national coalition of migrant and refugee women. Maria has also contributed to state and federal family…
Movers & shakers: women take the lead
Maria Dimopoulos has been named Deputy Chairperson. Trained as a lawyer, she has more than 25 years of experience in advocacy for cultural diversity, gender equity justice and human rights. She has worked with government and community as a policy adviser and strategist, community advocate, speaker and mentor. In 2008, she was appointed by the…
Coronial Council of Victoria
The Coronial Council was established under the Coroners Act 2008 (External link) (Vic) and is the first body of its kind in Australia. It is independent from the Victorian Government and the Coroners Court. The council’s role is to advise and make recommendations to the Attorney-General on: issues of importance to Victoria’s coronial system…
Greek-Australians celebrated on Australia Day Honours List 2020
On January 26th, Australia Day, the country honours the citizens who have greatly contributed to and served the country. A number of Greek-Australians were honoured on that list today. Maria Dimopoulos was awarded an OAM for significant service to women, to cultural diversity, and…
Harmony Alliance - Migrant & Refugee Women For Change
Harmony Alliance was established in 2017 and the inaugural chair was Maria Dimopoulos AM. The objectives of the Alliance are: to enable an effective voice for migrant and refugee women in domestic and international policy, to advance migrant and refugee women’s participation in economic, social, cultural…
Wellspring For Women - Georgia Prattis
Wellsprings for Women is established by women, for women, respects the dignity and rights of each person and is committed to the principles of social justice, celebrates diversity and welcomes women from all cultures and faith backgrounds and abilities, encourages women to fulfill their potential, provides a welcoming and supportive environment, particularly for…
Marrying young : an exploratory study of young, Muslim women's decision-making around early marriage
This research project has involved a significant amount of collaboration from a wide range of individuals and organisations and could not have been accomplished without the significant time, effort and contributions of all involved.
Migrant and Refugee Women’s Forum Report 2019
The International Women’s Day Forum was hosted by the Australian Migrant Resource Centre and the Council of Migrant and Refugee Women of SA (CMRW) at the Adelaide Festival Centre on Monday 4 March 2019. Over 300 women attended including government representatives, peak women’s…
The holistic approach to ending family and domestic violence in ethnic communities
For the past three years, Georgia Prattis has been working with the Australian Migrant Resource Centre in South Australia in a ground-breaking program to prevent family and domestic violence in migrant and emerging communities. Here she shares her valuable insight
The role of local government in settlement and multiculturalism
This Background Paper has been prepared by Maria Dimopoulos and Georgia Prattis from MyriaD Consultants on behalf of the Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN) and supported by the Municipal Association of Victoria. MyriaD Consultants is a professional consulting firm with knowledge and…
Destination Ballarat Report: Readiness for Regional Settlement
The Destination Ballarat Report is the second in BRMC research series mapping the region’s settlement capacity. The series is based on the premise that regional settlement is socially and economically beneficial, and optimised by benchmarking against best practice.