Aotearoa Migration Research Network Seminar Series 2021

Date Tuesday 11 May 2021
Time 11am - 12pm
Where Zoom ( )
Presenter Nuke Martiarini (Massey University)
Contact Shemana Cassim
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Dynamics of Muslim women's group support in Aotearoa New Zealand

Migrating to start a new life in Aotearoa-New Zealand as a new place is often challenging and involves processes of adjustment as it can be abrupt and affronting. In terms of ethno-religious minorities, Muslim women generally benefit from various efforts to assist them with ongoing adjustments and existing Muslim Women's Groups to facilitate the process of resettlement. Investigation used an auto-ethnographic approach with 30 participants in three groups, each representing diversity (ethnic, migration background, generation, skills and educational background). Findings (research still ongoing) showed that trusted relationship, strategic leadership, and perceptions of government support are the basis of group strength. Women’s Groups appear to be instrumental in Muslim women making homes for themselves that encompass not only a domestic dwelling and everyday familial life, but also positioning them within the broader community that fosters a sense of belonging, respite, and facilitates personal and social development. Yet challenges have been found in how leaders improve strategy in managing and encouraging members.

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