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I would like to start by saying how fantastic and productive the month of May was for the team at iEmpower. We hosted the ECCV 2018 State Conference and Gala Dinner in conjunction with ECCV, the outcomes of the event were remarkable, and I would like to thank everyone who participated in the event.

May 25th marked Africa Day, a day that commemorates the 1963 founding of the African Union (AU), this day is celebrated by Australia and many countries around the world. Our team at iEmpower celebrated Africa Day with numerous community organisations, diplomats, government organisations and African community leaders by attending the Africa Day Gala Dinner hosted by Africa Day Australia.

Over the last month our team at iEmpower have been working hard to submit numerous tender applications aimed at strengthening employment outcomes and pathways for young people, supporting inclusiveness in the community and building the capacity of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people in the community.

I am excited for what the next month holds for iEmpower!
Thank you for your ongoing support and generosity to our organisation, our work is made possible by your continued contributions.

Best wishes,
Abeselom Nega

CEO, iEmpower

News from May.

  • iEmpower became a Member of HealthWest Partnership
  • We hosted an iEmpower Iftar Dinner for our team. We gathered together to break the fast at Maghrib time (sunset)
  • Numerous member’s of our team have attended Iftar Dinner celebrations during the month of Ramadan
  • Our staff all undertook a refreshment in Case Management training
  • Scrubs became a Social Traders certified social enterprise
  • Our CEO, Abeselom Nega was admitted as a Fellow Member of the Institute of Managers and Leaders

ECCV in conjunction with iEmpower hosted the 2018 State Conference and Gala Dinner. Over two days, the conference explored diversity and inclusion in the workplace and opened up discussions about unemployment and underemployment of all CALD Victorians.

The Conference brought together over 500 people and 80 speakers, including our CEO, Abeselom Nega and Operations Manager, Richard Ryan.

Our CEO, Abeselom Nega discussing innovative employment pathways.

Parliament House Tour.

In May, a group of young Afghan women who are graduating from the Youth Development and Empowerment Program visited Parliament House to see where their Graduation Ceremony will be held in late July. The girls experienced a tour through Parliament House and lunch in the city afterwards.The girls were able to experience sitting in the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly houses.



Meet Ruby, Director of the iEmpower Board.

Ruby Heffernan is a lawyer with Maurice Blackburn lawyers. She holds qualifications in Law as well as Media.

Ruby is determined and community-minded. Ruby has previously volunteered at the Fitzroy Legal Service, the Broadmeadow’s Magistrate Court’s family violence service and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre ‘Fast track’ clinic. Ruby is currently Co-Chair of the Maurice Blackburn Cultural Diversity Events team and a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rights Committee.
Ruby is passionate about equality and helping people to change their lives for the better and she is very excited to be a part of the change iEmpower is making.

Ruby joined the Board of iEmpower in February 2018.


WELCOME to our new interns.

In May we welcomed two new members to the iEmpower team, Saron and Muhsen.

Saron moved to Australia in 2014 from Eritrea and is studying her Certificate IV in Community Service and Alcohol and Drugs. She will be completing her internship in Employment with our Employment team. Saron enjoys being active, playing soccor, music and dancing.

Muhsen is completing his placement with iEmpower for his Certificate in IT and Graphic Design. Muhsen is also finishing year 12 at Mount Alexander College. He will be working with us over the next four months on numerous projects. Muhsen loves photography and design. We are excited to have him on board and share some of the projects he will be working on.


Sunday 17 June – Saturday 23 June
World Refugee Day – Saturday 20 June

The theme for this years Refugee Week is #WithRefugees. Refugee Week celebrates the achievements of refugees and the contributions they make to Australian society. It is also an opportunity to welcome them and commemorate the adversities they have overcome.

Refugee Week Events


Shaista has been a participant in the iEmpower Youth Development and Empowerment Program for the past year and is graduating from the program in July. Shaista has demonstrated unique leadership qualities in the time we have been engaged with her and we are very proud to share her paper cutting designs with you.

About Shaista:

Shaista came to Australia in 2014 from Afghanistan and has been creating paper cutting designs ever since. She is very passionate about paper cutting and creates her own unique designs. She loves to be artistic and it is her ultimate goal to pursue her passion and become a designer.

Papercutting is the art of paper designs that has evolved uniquely all over the world to adapt to different cultural styles. All designs are cut from a single sheet of paper as opposed to multiple adjoining sheets as in a collage. All designs are done by hand and all in various sizes.

If you are interested in purchasing or having some designs created, you can contact Shaista on 0470643925


In May Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne, Sally Capp visited our office to discuss the various issues affecting the African-Australian community in Melbourne. Sally met with two African-Australian community leaders and the team at iEmpower to hear first hand the the issues and experiences of people in the community.
Sally was officially sworn in as Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne on 23 May 2018.
We look forward to working with her and making Melbourne a stronger and more inclusive city.

From the left: CEO, Abeselom Nega, Lord Mayor, Sally Capp, Community Leaders Maruua Salad and Arshi, and Marketing Manager and Community Leader, Ahmed Dini.

Whats happening in June.

  • Graduation Ceremony for the Wodonga Youth Development and Empowerment Program
  • The iEmpower team are all undertaking their First Aid Training in preparation for our Youth Hub to open until 8pm
  • Our new website will be launching mid June, make sure you check it out!
  • Refugee Week and World Refugee Day
  • Crime Prevention and Communities Conference, 7-8 June – Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre –