SFS Episode 1 For Art2Healing - Sex-Trafficked Survivors
SFS Episode 2 For Asha Global - Shelter home for children of sex-workers
SFS Episode 3 For Art2Healing - Sex -Trafficked Survivors Thai-Burma border
SFS Episode 4 For FLN - Women's wellness program for refugee women
SFS Episode 5 For Elroi Peace Centre - Build shelter home for orphans Kenya
SFS Episode 6 For Sisterworks - Support women from refugee backgrounds
SFS Episode 7 For 'Sewing The Seeds'- Purchase sewing machine for girls
SFS Episode 8 For Art2Healing - Sex-Trafficked Survivors
NB: We also put on an arts and music event for asylum seekers detained in Maribyrnong Detention Centre
SFS Episode 10 For Punanarva Trust - focused on improving the health, education and welfare of the Sth Indan village populations
We aim to create high-quality arts events and products such as SFS music compilations, arts and well-being retreats for women, young women's camps to celebrate their journey into womanhood, a SFS fully illustrated workbook guiding youths to cultivate creativity and build their confidence, communication and presentation skills, and a ‘Big Sister’ mentoring program, linking students with established artists - to support the artistic, emotional and psychological growth of young people.
We are a collective of female singer-songwriters, poets, dancers, djs, fashion-designers. We are women who are caring and nurturing and we believe in the power of creating spaces that inspire others to shine, and encourage our community to participate proactively in being the drivers of social change.
We want to do ‘something’ and our aim is to do so in an uplifting way. We know that the many problems plaguing humanity can be overwhelming. We know that arts and music is a powerful tool for healing and transformation and we are committed to inspiring others to participate in this grassroots movement of inspiring change through music and the arts.
We build bridges between charities and audiences. We invite women that are personally connected to worthy charities that lack funding and exposure to promote and bring awareness of their powerful humanitarian work through the SFS platform. We do this by putting on community-driven music and arts events that uplift, inspire and educate our audiences, whilst raising funds for our partner charities.
We source local designers and businesses to provide raffles prizes, with 100% of all proceeds going directly to the charities. The funds raised support our partner charities to continue their humanitarian work, covering costs such as maintaining shelter homes, running healing centres, buying basic amenities and art supplies.
As well as empowering our sisters in developing countries, we also do this locally, through providing opportunities for emerging artists to perform alongside established ones, opening up space for diverse women to share their stories, and fostering the spirit of cooperation, collaboration and unity.
Sisters For Sisters' (SFS) vision is to continually build bridges between cultural communities and the wider community, through presenting events which uplift and inspire the audience, whilst addressing a myriad of social issues faced predominantly by women, both locally and internationally. Our projects are underpinned by community development principles of inclusion, empowerment, self-determination and partnership.
To showcase the original works of young women from newly arrived backgrounds that have been mentored by SFS artists
To create spaces where emerging female artists can collaborate alongside established ones to promote the values of mutual support and cooperation, non-competition and community-building.
To show the diversity of Melbourne's arts ecosystem through seamlessly mixing art genres such as dance, theatre, music and spoken word during our events, drawing diverse audiences to our events.
To give exposure to local female designers and jewellery makers by dressing performance artists with these original designs, creating exposure for designers and performers alike.
To create spaces where migrant or disadvantaged communities could interact and interface with contemporary Australian communities and artists to improve public understanding of multiculturalism and to encourage informed public dialogue on relevant issues.
To create partnerships with community and governmental organisations by actively engaging with stakeholders and developing new methodology of engaging communication.
To engage with the business sector through sponsorships and branding.
We endeavour to encourage and create pathways for the cross-pollination of ideas, cultures, stories and art forms, with the aim of inspiring civic participation in the audience attending our events.
Our long-term aim is to position SFS within the arts, social and education sector as a social innovator - bringing 'creative activism' to mainstream societies and schools, by influencing changes within the school curriculum to initiate dialogue and action around social justice and human rights, and using arts and music to engage them in crucial conversations that reflect personal issues relating to sexual and reproductive health and well-being, peer pressure, self-esteem, body image and violence against women.