Dispelling Beauty Myths

Wellsprings for Women

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Adults - aged 25 to under 65
Project Focus
Project Area

Project Description

This is a project that tackles the pressures some women, especially migrant and refugee women face from society, communities, families and friends to adhere to particular beauty standards. This has led many women and young girls to develop serious mental health issues including eating disorders, negative body image, and risk taking behaviours by engaging in harmful practices. In fact a research by Liptember revealed that 38% of women from migrant and refugee backgrounds are experiencing negative body image.

The project aims work with a select group of women from multicultural backgrounds in a co design process to discuss and unpack the issues faced by women and girls in their respective communities relating to body image, beauty standards, risks to health and harmful behaviours. The workshops will be run using an intersectional feminist lens to raise awareness about the subjugation of women, where the pressure is coming from and why, how the concept of beauty varies from culture to culture, and the racial undertones that non-white women internalise as they attempt to change their looks to conform to western standards of beauty.

The co -designers will then develop under the guidance of a visual artist, a set of posters and social messages that assert women’s value, pride and integrity, and encouraging women to own and cherish their bodies and physical appearance as nature’s precious gifts. The resources developed will then be launched at a large event for wider use.

Expected Outcomes

We expect this project to lead to the following outcomes:

  1. Awareness raising among migrant and refugee women about body image, eating disorders and, harmful practices.
  2. Prevention of eating disorders among young girls
  3. Development of culturally appropriate resources that dispel and expose beauty myths and reinforce women's intrinsic value, integrity and worthiness
  4. Up skilling of a core group of co-designers from multicultural background to lead the project
  5. Improved mental health and body image for the women involved in the workshops and subsequent education sessions

Project Data & Lessons

Wellsprings will collect data, surveys, case studies, and reflections from the women involved and feedback from social media posts.

The project's findings will be used to inform further work on this subject and to partner with more agencies committed to improving women's health and wellbeing and status in society.

We will also be able to hold seminars regarding this subject.

Project Dates

Project Commences: July 3, 2023
Project Completes: June 28, 2024

Funding Details

Funding Needed
Current Funding
Total Project Costs
Approved Tax Deductability Status
Approved Tax Concession Charity
Other Funding Sources
Other Support Opportunities
Impact investment

Organisation Details

Wellsprings for Women
ABN: 18282739596


Dalal Smiley
Phone: +61419750360

About Wellsprings for Women

Wellsprings for Women was established in 1994 as a women-only community based organisation offering safe space for women, to gather, learn, support each other, and participate in a range of programs. It grew into becoming a neighbourhood house and a Learn Local that is open to women 6 days a week. The majority of the women who come to Wellsprings are from migrant and refugee backgrounds. They come to learn English, computer skills, acquire employability skills, get support with parenting their children, accessing other services, seeking emergency relief or material aid. Wellsprings’ work on gender equality and Prevention of Violence against women, led us to identify gaps in service provision to women from migrant and refugee backgrounds experiencing family violence. So since 2020, we established a team of bicultural, bilingual case workers who support and assist women impacted by family violence. Our work is trauma informed, intersectional and grass roots. We engage with over 2000 women a year and over 250 children. We employ 25 EFT and have over 40 volunteers.

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