for Progress” for gender parity kicked off on March 8, with groups around the world campaigning throughout the year with gender-focused initiatives, continuing activity and events.
On March 15, Ms Roumeliotis will talk about the challenges of being a migrant woman and the personal and professional costs of creating tension to drive much-needed change.
Ms Roumeliotis describes International Women’s Day as a time to celebrate the extraordinary acts of courage, determination and resilience of ordinary women who have shifted the needle in their local and global communities.
“Together we have come a long way and as women we should be proud of what we have achieved. However, there’s still much to achieve before we have equal opportunity for women in all aspects of life, including employment, healthcare, aged care services, housing and transport.
“Whether we do this in the school canteen, in our own homes or in our workplaces, we all have a part to play.”
The Bankstown Public School IWD event has been organised by SSI’s Community Hubs program in collaboration with the school and local services, including Bankstown Canterbury Council, the Multicultural Network, and Bankstown Resource Group.
It aims to bring together the local community to reduce isolation and to connect families to local social and family services. It will offer many fun activities for participants to enjoy, including henna, Zumba and Bollywood dancing.
The event is free and will run from 9.30am to 1pm.
Community Hubs is a place-based initiative that supports parents and children to develop school readiness skills, navigate the education system and to build parents’ capacity to support their children’s learning.
Hubs offer migrants and refugees practical assistance to establish links to wider community services and support in a safe and familiar environment so they can build better lives and move towards full participation in Australian society.
Currently there are 25 Community Hubs in NSW, nine of which are based in the Bankstown Local Government Area.
The life-changing results achieved for migrant and refugee families through Community Hubs is made possible by applying a proven grassroots, place-based community engagement model supported by strong governance and program management. —
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