May we be them. May we know them. May we raise them.
I have worked with, lived with and been inspired by many strong women in my life. My grandmother, for example, completed year 12 at a time when women in her community were discouraged from going to school at all. My mother, who migrated to Australia and set up two successful businesses. The women I worked with in remote Indigenous communities across Australia who, despite disadvantage and stigma, worked hard for the benefit of their families and their community.
So when I was offered the position as the Multicultural Women’s Hub Creative Producer/Program Manager, I knew I had to take this exciting opportunity to learn, grow and achieve with multicultural women in Western Sydney. I quickly packed my bags and flew from my small town of Darwin, where I had spent most of my life, to live in a big city I was unfamiliar with.
The Multicultural Women’s Hub is a new program produced by I.C.E. and funded by Multicultural NSW to be rolled out over the next three years . It’s a very special program and one that I am passionate about because it brings together women from various backgrounds and experiences, building their capacity to become positive change-makers in their own lives, in their families lives and in the community. Through experiential learning, creative based training, innovation and technology, the Multicultural Women’s Hub will support women in developing social enterprises. These valuable skills are important for women to secure further employment, breaking barriers of isolation, financial dependency and associated issues. In addition, the Hub will empower women to share knowledge and experiences with the wider community, building their own confidence and encouraging community connectedness.
The inaugural Multicultural Women’s Hub will be located at Auburn Centre for Community and Granville Boy’s High School. Prior to the Hub’s official opening, I.C.E. will be hosting two community consultations; Wednesday 21 September 10am-1pm at Granville Boy’s High School and Thursday 22 September 10am-1pm at Auburn Centre for Community. We welcome community members and services providers, however, please be in touch to RSVP.
I am still familiarising myself with Sydney; the cold weather, the transport system, the people and the services. But I am thrilled to be here and to get to know and work with the strong and inspiring multicultural women of Western Sydney.
For more info on the Hub including our upcoming Community Consultations and the Hub launch check out the Multicultural Women’s Hub page.
Words by Pritika Desai.