Empowering Afghan Women through Citizenship

Empowering Afghan Women through Citizenship

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Saturday, the 24th of June Women’s Empowerment and Leadership had the wonderful opportunity to host their first multicultural citizenship ceremony, with the support of IWAA, the Department of Home Affairs and Logan City Council. This event helped mark the end of National Refugee Week a campaign highlighting the freedoms refugees deserve. The celebration of citizenship for refugees and migrants highlights a powerful symbol of freedom and new opportunity to  spread their wings and experience a promising future in Australia.

The event was a great success with 25 new citizens from 14 different countries, being welcomed into the Australian community. The ceremony was a night of celebration, resilience and pride with shared stories of hope and a promise of a new and opportunistic future. This was especially apparent for the women of Afghanistan who were empowered through citizenship and gained the freedom to share there voices and begin a better future with the opportunity of education, independence, employment and freedom not currently allowed to them in there home country of Afghanistan. WEL is proud to have witnessed and supported these women on their journey to citizenship in Australia.

The ceremony was deliver with the assistance of Hon. Dr Jim Chalmers as the Presiding Officer and two of WEL’s Interns Kaitlyn and Emelie who had the opportunity to MC this important event. This was a great learning opportunity for these two young university students to take part and MC in an official government citizenship event for the very first time. Kaitlyn and Emelie were able to expand their industry experience and gain new specialist skills for their future career paths by speaking publicly and assisting with the preparations of the ceremony. Many community leaders, guest speakers and special guests also showed their support for our new citizens and helped to make a truly memorable night for all at the WEL and the Afghan community proud to present the Afghan turban to the Dr Jim Chalmers

Treasurer of the Australian federal government and award two best volunteers as Citizens of the Year

That’s what we do at WEL to Empower the community.

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