Marking the International Womens Day the NSW Local Women of the Year awards were announced by the NSW Government on Wednesday 9 March 2022 at the International Convention Centre (ICC), in Darling Harbour, Sydney.  Mariam Latifi, an educator, published author and CEO of ‘Gift of Knowledge’ was chosen as the Londonderry Woman of the Year 2022, acknowledged by Ms Prue Car MLA as “a powerhouse community leader and activist.”

Mariam organises and leads the Elara Playkiddies Marsden Park Playgroup, offering support to parents in the Marsden Park and Melonba community and also volunteers with many community groups and organisations in her local community.

Mariam Latifi (right) with Prue Car MP, Member for Londonderry

“Mariam is an outstanding role model for young women and I am proud to work alongside her for our community,” said Ms Prue Car, Londonderry MLA and Deputy Leader of the NSW Opposition.

The NSW Women of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution made by women across NSW. The NSW Local Women of the Year are chosen by Members of Parliament and are recognised for their contribution to their local community.

Nominated by Mr Jihad Dib MP, Joumana Eljamal also won the NSW Local Women of the Year for Lakemba.

Joumana Eljamal (left) with Bronnie Taylor MLC.

Mrs Joumana Menzalji Eljamal is the owner of Dustypink, a popular women’s clothing store and chairperson of the non-profit organisation ‘Sydney Community Connect Inc’, a charity that raises funds and rallies support for those in need.