WEL Association in collaboration with GCMAGIC convened their first meeting to officially inaugurate the Connection Project.

Women Empowerment and Leadership (WEL) Association in collaboration with Gold Coast Multicultural Arts Group in Collaboration Inc (GCMAGIC) convened their first meeting to officially inaugurate the Connection Project.

Women Empowerment and Leadership (WEL) Association in collaboration with Gold Coast Multicultural Arts Group in Collaboration Inc (GCMAGIC) convened their first meeting to officially inaugurate the Connection Project.

“Connection – Participation of emerging Afghans group to social and economic activities in Queensland” is a project funded by the Queensland Government through the Department of Children, Youth Justice, and Multicultural Affairs under the ‘Celebrating Multicultural Queensland’ program.

The objective of the project is to enhance the participation of emerging Afghan community members to the social and economic wellbeing of Queensland. During this meeting, the president and founder of WEL, Dr. Rita Anwari welcomed the participants and stated the purpose of the meeting and highlighted the milestones WEL and GCMAGIC achieved from collaborating with each other in the past. She introduced the team and board members of WEL and founder of GCMAGIC. She also welcomed the Queensland new Afghan residents.

She then invited Ms. Nasrin Vaziri, manager of GCMAGIC to elaborate the details of the project. Ms. Vaziri, explained the objective of the project and highlighted the major milestones the project will achieve during its implementation. She emphasised on the participation of Afghan community members in the intended workshops that the project will conduct. She indicated that there will be 20 workshops in total around the following nine areas:

  1. Career development and employment
  2. Leadership, building on the strengths
  3. Self development and training
  4. Overcoming cultural diversity,
  5. Food business
  6. Domestic and Family Violence
  7. Understanding the immigration and settlement in Australia
  8. Supporting the individuals with disability and special abilities
  9. Understanding mental health

During the discussion, Ms. Leila Loei Vice President of WEL briefly explained the conduct of the workshops as well as the importance of understanding and predicting the challenges and risks in each area. Ms. Vaziri also elaborated that besides the workshops, the project also intends to capture the stories of the participants, which will be collected, and written as a written documentary.

Following the introduction, the participants had the opportunity to exchange questions to understand the project better. At the end, Dr. Rita Anwari thanked the participants for their active participation, and closed the meeting and invited the participants for dinner.

WEL Association in collaboration with GCMAGIC convened their first meeting to officially inaugurate the Connection Project.

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