2023 is a huge year for SisterWorks as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary, completed our second Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis showing impactful growth, officially opened our new cafe and shop and had the ‘Hire Her’ tram making its way around Melbourne.
Showcasing our incredible Sisters and community, SisterWorks Spectacular Cultural Festival turned out to be a truly spectacular day and a fitting celebration of 10 years of SisterWorks.
More than 2,800 people joined us on Saturday, 9 September 2023, at Abbotsford Convent to shop from an impressive array of stalls showcasing entrepreneurial Sisters businesses, enjoy delicious cultural cuisines, take part in family activities and marvel at impressive performances throughout the day.
SisterWorks 10 Year Anniversary
SisterWorks celebrated its 10 year anniversary on 21 May 2023, coincidentally and appropriately coinciding with UNESCO World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development! Over the past ten years, we have helped over 2,000 Sisters from 105 countries to become economically empowered.
SROI Shows Impactful Growth
We released our SROI report for the 2022 calendar year. The report reflected the remarkable growth and development of our organisation as we reach our 10 year Anniversary. The outcome of an SROI analysis is a story about the total value of change created, relative to the investment. Since our last report in 2019, SisterWorks impact has increased 79% from $2.40 to $4.30, demonstrating our ability to create greater value and impact continuously and sustainably.
Crafted Culture Officially Opened by Minister Hutchins
SisterWorks Crafted Culture Cafe and Shop in Richmond was officially opened by Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins, MP in April. She unveiled our new brand and acknowledged the support SisterWorks provides our Sisters, women from diverse cultural backgrounds, by providing hands-on, vocational training and employment opportunities.
Our menu and shop showcase the cultural diversity of the migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women whom we support through flavours and crafts from around the world.
Hire Her Tram - 2023 Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program
SisterWorks ‘Hire Her: Migrant and Refugee Women’ campaign kicked off on 31 January 2023 with the launch of its 2023 Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program sponsored tram.
The ‘Hire Her’ campaign broadened awareness of SisterWorks as a not-for-profit social enterprise and highlighted its mission to enable migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking to have the opportunity to be confident, independent and learn new social and vocational skills to improve their economic outlook.