ShantiWorks is holding training sessions at our Richmond premises on the third Thursday of each month (9:30am -1:00pm).

These sessions will provide professional development in a range of areas with the aim to support participants in developing their ethics, theories and practice in their work. These areas include working with a feminist lens, understanding and unpacking commonly used models and frameworks, and deepening our understanding of working with victim-survivors and perpetrators of family violence.

We are also open to topic suggestions, as the ShantiWorks’ team wants this training to be relevant and useful to the community.

November 16th, 2017 –  The Politics of Culture in Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

As a cultural practice, the topic of Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting (FGM/C) is highly politicised in both international and national platforms. Often mistaken as a religious practice, the impacts of looking at FGM/C through a white cultural lens has led to the stigmatisation of communities in public spaces resulting in government-led paternalistic approaches to ‘eradicate’ the practice. This mini workshop will offer a space for workers to think critically on:

•FGM/C and gender inequality
•Cultural hierarchy and white saviour mentality
•The politics in our use of language
•Exploring and sharing of women’s stories

This training is suitable for those working and supporting women and their families from communities that traditionally practise FGM/C. This includes workers from diverse sectors in health, community, education, state and local government, not for profit agencies, social policy and justice.

This workshop is held by Zubaidah Mohamed Shaburdin, a social justice advocate, researcher and proud feminist. She coordinated the National Education Toolkit on FGM/C Awareness (NETFA) project whilst working at the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health. In consulting with communities, Zubaidah developed in-language resources and organised two national conferences on FGM/C. A topic close to home and heart, Zubaidah hopes to one day experience the joy of seeing this practice come to an end.

Price: $110.00 per person, per workshop + booking fees via EventBrite


There will be no ShantiWorkShop in December due to the Christmas Break. However, they will start again straight away in January. Watch this space for more details to come!