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The ‘Ask Maria Project,’ was delivered to women of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds in regional South Australia.
The product is designed to empower vulnerable women in the state by providing access to information about available local services and their rights.
Reactions to the app since its launch have been overwhelmingly positive, with interstate interest from Victoria and Queensland, interested in creating a similar app or extending the range of Ask Maria to include other regions, a resounding success fo South Australia to establish itself as a leader in providing these cutting-edge services.
Ask Maria is positioned to assist diverse women living in regional areas who face additional barriers to accessing appropriate services due not only to geographical isolation but also language barriers, and often are unsure where to get help when they need it.
As one of the first of its kind, the app provides audio support in a number of languages where users who may not be literate in their mother tongue are able to press the screen and hear a voice they can listen to and understand in their own language.
Some of the topics covered within the apps content include housing support, financial support, healthy and respectful relationships, immigration, visa and citizenships and access to interpreters, with the app available in over 9 languages to provide support and assistance to some of the state’s most vulnerable groups.
“We hope that women from diverse backgrounds and service providers will find the app an easy and useful tool for getting information about important issues across, such as living a life free from violence and assistance with housing”
Zita Ngor, CEO of the Women’s Legal Centre SA