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Women Empowerment and Leadership Association celebrates women

Guy Hazlewood    April 17, 2024    2 min read   

The Springfield community came together during the week for International Women’s Day in March to celebrate diversity and the achievements of women from all walks of life.

Organised by the Women Empowerment and Leadership Association, the event held at the local Indian Rastruan served as a beacon of multiculturalism, with women representing various corners of the globe meeting under one roof.

From India to Afghanistan, Iran to China, and Indigenous Australia, each woman brought with her a unique cultural heritage and experiences, yet they were all bound by a shared sense of sisterhood and solidarity.

Women Empowerment and Leadership Association founder and president Rita Anwari expressed her excitement about the event.

“This gathering was a testament to the strength of diversity and the power of women coming together to uplift and support one another,” she said.

“We were blessed to have Shayne Nummen, the federal member of Blair, who graciously accepted the invitation to serve as the guest speaker.”

The event was a chance for women from all walks of life to interact and celebrate each other.

“As we commemorated International Women’s Day, it was truly inspiring to see women of all ages and backgrounds mingling, sharing stories, and celebrating each other’s achievements,” Rita said.

“The room was filled with laughter, joy, and camaraderie, as friendships were formed, and bonds strengthened.”

One of the most touching moments of the evening was witnessing women proudly donning attire reflective of their cultural heritage – vibrant saris, intricately embroidered Afghan dresses, elegant Iranian chadors, traditional Chinese qipaos, and Indigenous Australian designs.

It served as a visual representation of the rich tapestry of cultures within the community, highlighting the beauty of diversity.

Rita said the event had a profound impact on the community.  

“It was a reminder of the strength and resilience of women everywhere and a reaffirmation of our collective commitment to building a more inclusive and equitable society,” she said. 


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Guy Hazlewood