Celebrating International Womens Day March 26th

25 Mar 2015

Women of western Sydney are invited to the free festivities to mark International Women’s Day on Thursday March 26.

Indulge in cultural food and entertainment including Bollywood performances, Mexican folklore and belly dancing at Westmead Hospital’s John Loewenthal Auditorium from 9.30am-12.30pm.

Women’s rights campaigner and Immigrant Women’s Health Service director Dr Eman Sharobeem, will speak on female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic violence, child bride and forced marriages.


Westmead Hospital’s maternity liaison officer, Nelma Galas said women were encouraged to wear their traditional dress.

"We hope to see a vibrant display of colourful outfits to reflect the diversity of multicultural western Sydney," she said.

"Join us to commemorate the contributions and successes of women.

"You’ll be able to network, meet new friends and help make the future bright, safe and rewarding for females."

Every person will have the opportunity to ask questions relating to health or emotional wellbeing with interpreters on hand to assist.

"Congratulations to our sisters who juggle many tasks and responsibilities on a daily basis such as maintaining the home, a family, being a carer and working full-time or part-time," Nelma said.

"Women are selfless, caring and strong individuals who contribute greatly to their families and communities."

This year is the 40th anniversary of International Women’s Day. It acknowledges women’s economic, political and social achievements. Events are held throughout March.

The theme for 2015 is Make It Happen.

RSVP is essential: Phone Nelma on 8890 6153 or email Nelma.Galas@health.nsw.gov.au