Woman Mulder, Beryl Yvonne (1941 - )
- Migrant community advocate
Written by Alexandra Dellios, The University of Melbourne
Beryl Mulder was born in Amsterdam in 1941 and arrived in Australia in 1982. Here, she dedicated herself to multicultural affairs, both within and outside government bodies. Basing herself in the Northern Territory, she became concerned with ageing and disability within ethnic communities, and the service available to these most vulnerable peoples. In 1987, she became a founding member of the Association of Non-English Speaking Background Women of Australia in 1987. Mulder was concerned with the legal limits and frameworks of multiculturalism, and what this meant for the status and rights of women from non-English speaking backgrounds. She worked to alleviate these issues through her position within the Office of Multicultural Affairs as Regional Coordinator for the Northern Territory, a position she took up in 1988. In this position she advocated for increased consultations with the community. She was also a member of the Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory, a non-government community-based organisation providing services for CALD families. In 2003 she became Senior Deputy Chair of Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA), working with Voula Messimeri as chair and a network of other women leaders to continue her advocacy on behalf of migrant women.