The Multicultural Communities Council of SA launched the Multicultural Men’s Group of SA on October 10 to advocate and support men from Australia’s diverse and multicultural backgrounds by providing them a ‘safe space to feel welcome and share their stories in confidence.’
MCCSA Communications officer Sidique Bah was tasked with starting a group 12 months ago for men’s health week 2019.
“I didn’t think much of it,” recalled Sidique at the 2020 launch, attended by state government officials, service providers and community leaders.
“For me I was just going to invite men from our community groups and have a chat with them about their health”.
But the response was extremely positive, so much so that Sidique formalised the group, which is open to all South Australian Men from diverse communities. The purpose of the group is connecting CALD men, supporting them to organise social well-being activities and advocating on their behalf as needed.
The launch, at West Beach, WA, was attended by leaders from Africa, South America, Asia and Australia, with a welcome – by video – from Australian Men’s Health Forum CEO, Glen Poole, who emphasised the importance of men and boys getting together to talk about their health.