The opportunity to connect with so many women in the local area all the same yet all so different as well. We shared with each other and learnt from each other and this will continue long after the day has ended. There were many lessons to be learnt for me about how I prepared for the day and how you do an outside broadcast and interview whilst at the same time having half an eye on stall compliance and if the visitors to the mall know all that is available to them! There is no turning anything on and off - it all comes through in everything you do. Enjoy listening to the interviews from the day and being introduced to Anne Prescott from Wahroonga Rotary sharing the work they are doing to the young women of Nepal and their International Womens Day fundraiser on the 18th March. For more details see below
Emma Heyde - The Greens - There are some shocking statistics around women's equality - we are talking about the same issues year on year, for example there are fewer women running companies than there are men named John running companies!
Nasrin Azizi - Ability Links - Women need to support women in local community. It is so important for women to meet other women of the same culture so they can support each other to settle in a new culture. Nasrin shares when they are together they forget their pain.
Azila - Representative from the local Afgan morning tea group - When your family is so far away getting together can remind you that you have a community and it makes the family bigger. It helps with depression and other issues when you can talk in your own language and be fully understood.
Win Yee Tan - Hepatitis NSW - Win Yee spoke to us about Hep B, what it is and how you can catch it. About bringing prevention into your relationship with you body and the fact that it is more prevalent in the multicultural community
Emma - StreetWork - Finding the day a great opportunity to talk to people in the local area about what StreetWork do and how people can get involved. Part of the funds raised at this day will go towards running young women's programs in the area.
Emma and Amy - Two young women who volunteered on the day raised the topic of how appreciating each other is important and getting rid of the comparison that exists between girls. Emma called for a program lifting it each other up.
Anne Prescott - Wahroonga Rotary - Anne shared their upcoming event for International Women's Day - a Nepalese Cultural Evening on Saturday 18th March 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. Anne shared the importance of providing support that empowers a community and how donating to Rotary projects ensures the money goes directly to the people in need in Nepal who continue to struggle after the effects of the 2015 earthquake. If you would like to attend then please go to the Wahroonga Rotary Website for further information and tickets. For donations please send a cheque to PO Box 13, Wahroonga 2076
For more photos from International Women's Day please see my blog post.