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Leading academics and politicians will come together at an innovative new conference in November, designed to drive change for multicultural women.

The National Multicultural Women’s Conference 2016 – Influencing Change: Vision and Impact (NMWC) will create a platform for sharing knowledge and celebrating the outstanding contributions women from diverse backgrounds make to our society.

To be held at the Parkroyal Parramatta from November 3–4, the conference will host speakers including:

  • Gladys Berejiklian – NSW Treasurer
  • Captain Mona Shindy – Strategic Adviser on Islamic Cultural Affairs, Royal Australian Navy
  • Kate Jenkins – Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Registrations are now open for the inaugural event, which is the outcome of a partnership between Settlement Services International (SSI) and the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), with support from Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW.

SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis said the conference would facilitate a lively and productive dialogue about the unique lived experiences of multicultural women, with the aim of influencing a shift in how women are supported and recognised in Australia.

“Women from diverse backgrounds contribute so much vitality, talent and enthusiasm to our communities. They are nurturing mothers, inspirational leaders and talented entrepreneurs, and yet the challenges and opportunities they face are often unique to their male counterparts,” she said.

“The National Multicultural Women’s Conference will provide a unique platform to share perspectives, innovations and approaches affecting women, and drive further collaboration and change across sectors.”

Earlybird registrations close on August 31, 2016. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for organisations that work with or support cultural diversity and immigrant and refugee women. A range of sponsorship packages have been developed to ensure a successful outcome for sponsors and stakeholders. Click here for more information.

Media enquiries:

SSI Communications Coordinator, Louise Wallace, 0488 680 255
SSI Communications Assistant, Hannah Gartrell, 0488 680 287

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