Honoring Notable Women Achievers on International Women’s Day Celebration by the Australian Arabic Cultural Centre/ Boutros Indari Forum
By Marcelle Mansour OAM
International Women’s Day (IWD) is held on March 8 every year, celebrating the remarkable achievements of women around the world. The Australian Arabic Cultural Centre’s (AACC) Annual International Women’s Day celebration brings together Australian Arabic speaking communities and women achievers from various fields to highlight the importance of the multiple roles that women play in advancing societies.
This year, the International Women’s Day was held by The Australian Arabic Cultural Centre/ Boutros Indari Forum on Wednesday, March 6 at Kafarhilda Australia House, Sydney, under the auspices of Kafrhilda Association. A number of Australian women of diverse Arab origins were honored for their notable contribution to the development of their society. The ceremony was attended by a diverse audience.
The celebration was MC’d by Abbas Mourad, the speakers were: President of the Center, Dr. Mustapha Alamedin who said: “The International Women’s Day has become deeply rooted in our hearts because it means a lot to us in the center and we celebrate it for the seventh consecutive year as one of our activities and priorities.” This was followed by Dr. Imad Berro’s brief word. Miss Ayat Abu Bashir, a Ph.D. Candidate in Political and Social Science, made a speech on International Women’s Day in the light of the experience of women in Palestine. The poet Badawi El Hage gave a poem entitled “What Kind of Women Are You?”, and the poet Fouad Neeman El-Khoury recited a poem entitled “Woman’s Day”, both shedding light on the great love and appreciation of women and the glorification of their value in life.
The Honoured ladies were: Ms. Alice Khoury, Ms. Maysa Sawalha, Ms. Jenine Abu Assi, Ms. Louisa Romanos, Ms. Amal Khoury, Ms. Salma Othman, and Ms. Aya Abu Bashir. The Center also honored Mr. Fouad Neeman El-Khoury, Badawi Elhage and Abbas Murad in recognition of their continuous efforts and dedication. The ceremony included music and singing by Malik Rifai.
Congratulations to all honored people, to the members of the Cultural Center Committee, and to all those who contributed to the success of the celebration, with the most beautiful wishes for more success.