More than 250 people attended an African-themed International Women’s Day event at Macquarie University on March 6th. Co-sponsored by AFSAAP, the event featured four women who presented “ideas worth sharing” about international development. They included MC Juliana Nkrumah, a women’s advocate who has been honoured by many organisations in Australia, Gemma Sisia, founder of Tanzania’s School of St Jude’s, Naomi Steer, founder of Australia for UNHCR, and Carol Angir, Senior Program Coordinator for ActionAid’s violence against women initiatives.
The event raised more than $5000 for Rotary Hunters Hill international service projects. A highlight of the event was a performance by Oz Afrique, a teenage drum and dance group made up of Cabramatta High School (Sydney) refugee students. The group’s name symbolises youth who belong in Australia but acknowledge their roots in the African continent. Their families come from Sudan, Burundi, the Congo and Somalia but some were born in refugee camps in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Ethiopia. (more…)