Mahatma Gandhi

 “To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, woman is less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior: Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her man could not be. If non-violence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?” 




Sister Power  is about empowering Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women to take agency of their own life situations and create employment and well-being for themselves and their community. 



Sister Power strives to create a future in which CALD women become self-sustaining and are well recognised within their community, respected and empowered. We will also seek to continue our role as advocates of CALD women's agency as a promoter of women. Advancing CALD women’s capacities and skills, promoting their participation in decisions that affect their lives strengthening their voices. 




Sister Power as an organisation is ultimately a human community. There is nothing more important than how we sense our future and create it together. Our acts of service strengthen our community allowing each of us to realise our purpose in the world.  SPA will focus on forming collaborations and strategic partnerships to help us get there.    

CALD women face significant challenges during the resettlement process due to verbal and nonverbal communication differences between their culture and Australia culture. These differences impact on communication not only within the existing family unit, but also with “others” in the community. We have looked at the theoretical frameworks of individualism and collectivism, culture shock to gain better understanding.

Sister Power's five- year plan


We will

  1. Provide greater opportunities for the CALD women to grow and lead through the programme. Giving them the ability to collaborate, foster partnerships and engage the community. 
  2. We will genuinely engage organisations and communities to ‘co-produce’ solutions as people, communities and networks to hold the unspoken knowledge needed to come up with the best solutions for their situation.
  3. Empower CALD women to be ‘agents of change’ and transcend the obstacles in their path through community programmes. 
  4. Develop our geographic reach to connect with three new grassroots partners across Australia. 
  5. Focus on forming collaborations and strategic partnerships to help us get there.
  6. Reach as many women that is physically possible.
  7. Scale programs that change women's lives and launch new programs that fit their needs.
  8. There will be a leadership component across all our programs, nurturing women to take on positions of power and lead change within their communities.
  9. Explore how to use technology that can help build more effective, smarter programs to better support women in accessing information, services and financial products.
  10. Remain committed to learning as we grow, holding the women's needs, challenges and aspirations at the centre of everything we do.