Five productive workshops on Life Skills were conducted to help women in the community have access to key skills and services that would help them navigate life in Australia culminating with a celebration and dinner on Friday 14 February 2020 by MWWA.

This was a project headed by the Muslim Women’s Welfare of Australia (MWWA), and funded by the Department of Home Affairs as part of the “Life in Australia:  The Path to Successful Migration” imitative.

The “Fostering Integration” Dinner attended by a large number of community leaders and government officials recognised the achievements and success of the women who participated in the workshops.

The workshops became a platform where these women learnt skills from professionals including resume writing, job interview skills and pathways to higher education, as well as voluntary work and even starting a business.

They also learnt practical skills including  making and using essential oils, cake decorating, sewing, floristry basics and photography.

Not only did the dinner gather the women to celebrate their participation in the workshops but it was also an important opportunity to showcase the role of migrants in Australia that is widely appreciated and recognised.

The MC of the night, Ms Noura Awad, officially welcomed everyone including all the special guests, namely Her Excellency, The Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW, Dr Anne Aly MP; Member Cowan, Ms Wendy Lindsay MP, Member for East Hills, Ms Julia Finn MP, Member for Granville, Clr Nadia Saleh, Deputy Mayor Ali karnib, Liverpool Council, Clr Bilal Hayek, Canterbury Bankstown Council and Mr Saud Abou Seman , former state candidate for Bankstown,

The event was also attended by representatives from  Home Affairs Department, Australian Scouts,  Multicultural NSW, Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW, NSW Police in addition to Sheikhs, head of community organisations ,  academics, community Leaders and media personnel.

The formal program started with the recitation from the Holy Qur’an by Sister Sarah Kahil and was followed by a collective chanting of the Australian anthem led by Sister Mariam Saad.

 

MWWA President, Mrs Faten El Dana OAM was invited to give a brief insight on the Life Skills Workshops and its importance to the “Fostering Integration” program.

She expressed her joy at seeing all the guests sharing MWWA’s vision come to life and commended the hard work of everyone involved in the success of the program.

Mrs El Dana concluded her speech by thanking all those who involved in the project, congratulated the participants for successfully completing the workshop and sincerely thanked the Department of Home Affairs for their generous support.

Everyone then enjoyed watching a short video clip demonstrating snapshots of the training sessions the women participants received in a culturally and linguistically appropriate setting and the fun they had during their learning experience.

The NSW Governor, Her Excellency, the Hon Margaret Beazley AC QC discussed the relevance and importance of projects like the “Life Skills” workshops in fostering integration and in women supporting women.

The women graduates were excited to be individually presented with their awards and certificates of completion the Life Skills workshop by Mrs El Dana OAM.

MWWA recognised everyone who shared the journey of the Life Skills workshops, including the men and women behind the scene, the presenters and all the staff and presented them all with a Certificate of Appreciation for their efforts.

Being part of the Life Skills project, MWWA aimed not only to inspire and recognise the women in the community, but its aim was also to emphasise that society at large plays an important role in fostering integration be it men, women, young or old.

From left: Mrs Faten El Dana OAM , Ms Sneha Chatterjee, Ms Fiona Tinley Community and Ms Noura Awad.