Nsw Forced Marriage Network Meeting - 12 February 2019

Tue 12 February 2019 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm FREE!
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Nsw Forced Marriage Network Meeting - 12 February 2019 - Chau Chak Building - Ultimo - NSW
You are invited to a special, two part meeting of the NSW Forced Marriage Network!

The first hour of this meeting will focus on updates from Network members and brainstorming goals and topics for our meetings in 2019. We will also look at amending the Network's terms of reference.

The second part of the meeting will be devoted to a special in person presentation from Farwha Nielsen, Danish cross-cultural mediation specialist, who gave a short presentation at the Nov 2018 Network meeting.* Non-members and members of the Network are welcome to attend. This part of the event is sponsored by Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand.

Farwha will share more insights in developing and implementing a unique model of mediation targeted at assisting families to communicate openly and safely in complex situations, including forced marriage. The approach as it has been implemented across Scandinavia has seen positive results in maintaining family relationships and preventing forced marriages from occurring.

Click here for a PDF flyer for the meeting!

*Members who heard Farwha's previous presentation are still welcome to attend and refresh their understanding of the model here. Alternatively, you can join the meeting from 12.00pm onwards for in depth questions and discussion with Farwha.


9.30am - 10.30am - member updates & brainstorm for 2019; amendment to terms of reference

10.30 - 11.00am - morning tea

11.00am - welcome and introduction to Farwha Nielsen

11.05am - presentation: Cross-Cultural Family Counselling and Family Mediation by Farwha Nielsen

12.05pm - illustrated case study with time for questions and discussion

1.00pm - light lunch

More about Farwha Nielsen

Farwha is the founder of Cross-Cultural Family Counseling and Conflict Mediation and author of the method: ‘Cross-Cultural conflict mediation, and dialogue’. As a foundation to her work, Farwha has sought an in-depth understanding of complex societal and family dynamics; with the goal of developing relational processes for use in concrete and practical contexts. As a counsellor, Farwha has managed a variety of family conflicts with very good success in using dialogue as a method to support families to bring about sustainable changes in their lives.

Farwha regularly collaborates with government organisations, NGOs, municipalities, educational institutions, shelters and law enforcement. Farwha is a Danish State Specialist in both adult and child violence-related matters; and currently supervises the first national project of training safety consultants for honour-related violence victims. This is a state funded project supported by Deloitte. Farwha has carried out intercultural family work in connection with prevention and management of honour-related care issues (including forced marriage). With extensive knowledge of the various challenges that public institutions experience in relation to issues that concern families with minority backgrounds, her teaching stretches across Scandinavia and Europe. For her work in sustainable, peace-building with traumatised refugee families she was nominated for a 2017 Sydney Peace Prize.

About the NSW Forced Marriage Network

In August 2014, Anti-Slavery and the Australian Red Cross co-convened the NSW Forced Marriage Network. The network has experienced significant growth and now includes over 220 members representing 60 different agencies including community organisations and all tiers of government.

The Network meets quarterly, alternating between the city and Sydney’s Western Suburbs. The meetings form a place where information is exchanged between organisations about a range of topics including the emerging and often complex issues in the forced marriage environment, developing best practice responses and mapping referral pathways.

Notices about meetings are sent out via our mailing list. You can sign up to the mailing list here: https://mybluesky.us16.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=49a55c1b157e824c55b4f8b97&id=c4fbeefa40
Tue 12 February 2019
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Chau Chak Building
Building 8, 14-28 Ultimo Road ,
2007, Australia