SisterWorks is thrilled to share that in partnership with the L’Oréal Groupe's Fund for Women they will be able to expand much needed services in Dandenong. This support will see expanding vocational support for migrant, refugee, and asylum-seeker women looking to enter the workforce, addressing crucial needs within the community.
It comes at a much needed time with SisterWorks Dandenong Empowerment Hub experiencing a 200% increase in demand since 2022. The City of Greater Dandenong is the most culturally diverse municipality in Australia with 64% of its residents born overseas, representing 157 different countries of origin.
SisterWorks and L’Oréal partnership began in mid-2022 with the placement of one of Dandenong Warehousing graduate Sisters in their warehouse. Since then our relationship has strengthened, employing more than 25 Sisters over the past 18 months. As part of this employment partnership they assist us in delivering our Warehousing Program with subject matter expertise and behind-the-scenes facility site tours for our Sisters, ensuring they have the job ready skills for employment.
This partnership has evolved further with L’Oréal’s support of a biodiversity garden in Dandenong, providing volunteering and upskilling opportunities for our Sisters. L’Oréal staff have also supported our initiatives with corporate volunteering and donation of products to our SisterWorks Cultural Spectacular, Sisters and volunteers.
“We are delighted to announce our partnership with L'Oréal in support of the Dandenong Empowerment Hub. L’Oréal has been a strong supporter of SisterWorks’ mission. This collaboration marks a pivotal moment in our mission to create positive change within the community. With L'Oréal's commitment and support, we are empowered to further our impact and provide a space for social connection, wellbeing and training for migrant, refugee and asylum seeker women in Dandenong. Together, we aim to foster empowerment, skill development, and sustainable change for a brighter future for all” Ifrin Fittock, SisterWorks CEO.
"Partnering with SisterWorks over the past year has been extremely rewarding for all of us at the L’Oréal Groupe. The team at our Distribution Centre in Dandenong have absolutely loved having the Sisters join our workforce and we are delighted that through the L’Oréal Fund for Women we can further support the outstanding work of SisterWorks within the migrant and refugee community". Olivia Whitaker, Sustainability Manager L’Oréal Groupe.
Since 2013 SisterWorks have supported over 2,500 women from 105 countries. We offer a range of programs, entrepreneurship and employment opportunities that help women to develop their skills, confidence, and connections. We also provide support with finding employment, starting their own businesses, and navigating the Australian system. We believe that when women are empowered, they can make a positive difference in their own lives and in the lives of their families and communities.
About L’Oréal Fund for Women
The L’Oréal Fund for Women is a charitable fund launched in 2020 to support frontline organisations in their efforts to help women to get out of poverty; prevent domestic, sexual and gender-based violence against women. The Fund focuses on supporting women and girls’ empowerment, particularly through projects in favour of social or professional integration and education. A specific attention is paid to refugee women and women with disabilities.
Partnership is the building blocks to the delivery of our mission, we are always looking for fruitful partnerships to help our Sisters. Would you like to become one of our employment partners and support migrant and refugee women gain their first job in Australia? Please contact us here.
For all media enquiries contact: Cassandra Jovic - SisterWorks Marketing and Communications Manager