Speak Up contributes to CMY’s strategic objective that young people are understood, accurately represented and influential in Australian society.

With meaningful youth participation at the heart of this project, Speak Up provides an inclusive platform for young people’s perspectives and solutions, through supporting them to mobilise and contribute to gender equity and violence prevention amongst peers and the broader community.

The project is delivered in metropolitan Melbourne and the regional area of Ballarat. Through the design and delivery of activities, multicultural young people are empowered to stand up and speak out to inform and educate their peers and communities about gender equity and the prevalence, nature, and root causes of family violence.

Beyond Fairytales exhibition

Launch Event:

Wednesday 2 August, 6-8pm AEST | Register here

Exhibition Run:

1-30 August 2023, 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

Phoenix Youth Centre, 72 Buckley Street Footscray

Beyond Fairytales presents a playful and interactive space to explore gender equity and relationships through the lens of multicultural young leaders. Through photomedia, film, sculpture and interactive artworks, the exhibition shares personal stories, critiques pop culture and reflective commentary on global movements. It provides an insight into what it means for multicultural young people to speak up in their personal lives and brings awareness to the root causes of toxic relationships. 

​​Beyond Fairytales asks us to consider what is missed, and what realities are hidden in the dominant narratives and ‘fairytales’ surrounding gender that we have grown up with – and how we might outgrow them. It gives audiences an opportunity to reflect on gender equity in their own lives, relationships and ways of thinking through an accessible, inclusive and engaging space.

Register here to save your spot at the launch on 2 August

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Get involved

Become a Speak Up Volunteer

We’re currently looking for young people aged 14-30 from refugee or migrant backgrounds to co-design and deliver this new program, which aims to promote gender equity among multicultural young people in Victoria.

  • An opportunity to come together with passionate, like-minded young people
  • Have your say in creating a new program that will work towards improving gender equity
  • Be recognised for your leadership, share unique identities and experiences, learn about gender equity and promote awareness and solutions to other young people
  • Meet weekly or fortnightly as a team and attend training and information sessions
  • All volunteers will learn and develop expertise in the area of gender equity and domestic and family violence

The program will run for a year and 8 months until December 2023.

Who can apply?

Young people aged 14-30 years old and who:

  • Have a refugee or migrant background (including young people born in Australia with parents/carers with a refugee/migrant experience)
  • Able to attend meetings on a regular basis (weekly or fortnightly)
  • Committed to addressing and advocating for gender equity, especially within refugee and migrant communities
  • Willingness to consult with wide numbers of young people and key stakeholders
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills in order to provide feedback
  • In line with Victorian Government Vaccination requirements, the successful applicant must be fully vaccinated with a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine and provide evidence of COVID 19 vaccination prior to commencement.

How to apply

For more information, please read the Position Description and APPLY HERE.

If you have questions, please email zsalazar@cmy.net.au for Metro and aatuesta@cmy.net.au for Regional.


If you have any questions or want to find out more, please contact:

Zoraida Salazar | Senior Project Officer (Metro)
E | zsalazar@cmy.net.au
M | 0487 097 014

Angeli Atuesta | Project Support Officer (Regional)
E | aatuesta@cmy.net.au
M | 0456 774 816