Role as provider

The role of Arabic speaking men as father and husband is inextricably defined by their role as provider for the material needs of their family. After migrating to Australia, many men struggle to secure employment due to a range of barriers:

  • Poor English language skills
  • Poor relevant employment history
  • Lack of support and systemic pathways to gain recognition for pre-migration competencies, skills and qualifications
  • Poor knowledge of Australian employment support services
  • Poor knowledge of Australian workplace culture
  • Age barriers
  • Physical and mental health problems caused by war, trauma and dislocation

For many men their inability to fulfil roles of provider can result in feelings of anxiety, depression, worthlessness and shame.