Summary

Pamphlet titled 'Do you need a women's refuge?' it was prepared by the Victorian Women's Refuge Group with assistance from the Office of Women's Affairs in 1981. It is part of a collection of material obtained from individuals and organisations in the course of developing the 'Trailblazers: Migrant Women Activists' exhibition in the Immigration Museum's Community Gallery from March to July 2008.

Physical Description

Bi-fold, black and white with illustration of a woman and two children sitting on a suitcase.

Significance

The material in the Trailblazers collection documents the earliest days of migrant women's activism in Victoria, pioneering activity that led to significant policy shifts in Australia and the advent of new, ethnic-specific social services. The collection particularly features individuals and organisations that lobbied for or were active in influencing the formation or reformation of government policies. The material is largely from the Italian, Greek and Turkish communities, in particular, but also reflects broader efforts supporting migrant women services generally, especially campaigns for improvements to domestic violence services, women's health and contraception, working conditions and childcare.

The material in this collection is quite rare, and it is the only collection in Victoria that is concerned exclusively with the activities of migrant women. The objects and documents in this collection have social significance as evidence of the tumultuous period in the 1970s which culminated in the landmark recommendations of the Galbally Report of 1978.

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