"Alo: [bengali] light; knowledge."
Alo team is a passionate group of women who came together for the first time to mark International Women’s Day (IWD) in March 2019 through a community event in Canberra. The overwhelming response to the event inspired us to do a bit more other than just celebrating the achievements of women throughout global history. Observations from the event and follow on conversations with friends and families within the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community in Canberra led us to believe that there is an appetite to understand more about issues that affect women from different backgrounds, their role in society, and gender inequalities in general, particularly the gaps and barriers within our social structures and cultural norms that hinder women’s advancement in life.
Alo believes in gender equality for men and women across all walks of life – from personal to professional, be it in family environments, community, or within organisational structures. Therefore, Alo aims to provide a platform to engage on various issues that particulary touch women’s lives within the CALD diaspora. We aim to broaden our understanding on significant gender issues and unconscious biases that exacerbate gender stereotypes within our societies, particulary in the areas of women’s leadership, financial inclusion of women, women in tech, and violence against women and girls. Through this platform we aim to raise awareness on these issues by providing opportunities for engagement on personal growth, career development through facilitating training, workshops and seminars. Through creating a safe space for conversations, Alo creates opportunities for participating, networking and mentoring within the CALD communities, and helps liaise with relevant platforms on gender issues.
Alo is guided by the international frameworks on gender equality, women’s rights and empowerment such as the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action, and Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Advocating for change for personal growth and career development, including gender stereotypes and unconscious bias.
Raising awareness through knowledge dissemination on gender equality and women’s empowerment issues, including:
Financial inclusion of women
Violence against women and girls
Women in Technology
Creating opportunities for participating, networking and mentoring including connecting and liaising with relevant platforms.
Be guided by the international frameworks on gender equality, women’s rights and empowerment such as the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Create a safe space for frank and open discussions on issues related to the wellbeing of women and girls.
Function as a democratic, non-partisan, non-racial, non-sectarian, non-profit and a non-political organisation.
Use a variety of fora and media platforms to inform on current issues, share inspirational stories of achievements and struggles, question stereotypes and gender biases.