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IWD Breakfast at Norwest

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″ offset=”vc_col-lg-1/5 vc_col-md-1/5 vc_col-xs-1/5″][us_image image=”67486″ size=”thumbnail” align=”left” style=”circle” has_ratio=”1″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″ offset=”vc_col-lg-4/5 vc_col-md-4/5 vc_col-xs-4/5″][vc_column_text]By Lawrence Machado[/vc_column_text][us_post_date][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A diverse quartet of inspiring women will take centre stage at the Norwest Sunrise Rotary Club’s International Women’s Day breakfast on Friday 3rd March.

Club President Azita Abdollahian will be at the MC at the breakfast at the Hills Shire Cafe at 3, Columbia Court, Norwest (at the Hills Council’s admin building) which starts at 7am.

Azita has just walked 309km from State Parliament in Sydney to Parliament House in Canberra to draw attention to the situation for women in Iran.

She found herself in an arranged marriage at the age of 17 and fled from Iran to Sydney as a refugee with two young daughters. She learnt English by watching Bananas and Pyjamas and other children’s shows with her girls.

A domestic violence survivor she said of her walk: “As an Iranian- Australian- Rotarian and a social worker I take responsibility to keep our flag flying high for peace and for freedom, for women’s right and human’s right and more importantly to make a difference.

“This was one of the most challenging trips I have ever done, even though my trip to Camino was 900km … because I was carrying a message that was bigger than me.”

She said the aim for herself and her fellow walkers was to honour all the lives that have been lost. “We wanted to be the voice for those young women that are missing. We wanted to raise awareness in non- Iranian community and share their story. We wanted every little town and village along the way to hear the slogan of this women led revolution. Woman, Life, Freedom.”

On 3rd March she will be introducing three amazing women.

Rosemary Kariuki, Australia’s 2021 Local Hero. Rosemary fled tribal conflict in Kenya and arrived in Australia in 1999 and has spent over 20 years helping isolated migrant and refugee women overcome domestic violence and financial distress in Western Sydney. In partnership with the African Women’s Group, Rosemary helped start the African Women’s Dinner Dance, which is attended by more than 400 women annually.

Youth and Disability advocate, Julie Charlton. Founder, CEO and Head Coach JC2 Athletics, 2022 NSW Young Woman of the Year Finalist, Commonwealth athlete and former Hills Youth Ambassador.

Julie has travelled throughout NSW to raise awareness for people with disabilities and the challenges they face.

Rotarian June Young OAM NSW, winner of the Premier’s Volunteers Award for 40 years of community service. She is a volunteer, a fundraiser and a voluntary board member.

Tickets are $30 which includes breakfast. To book visit Norwest Sunrise Rotary Club’s Facebook page and follow the link or call Deb on 0490 723 163. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][us_image image=”77013″ meta=”1″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][us_image image=”77012″ meta=”1″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][us_image image=”77011″ meta=”1″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][us_image image=”77010″ meta=”1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Lawrence Machodo

Highly experienced and award-winning journalist with a demonstrated history of working in the newspaper and media industry both in Australia and overseas.  Lawrence Machodo is our Sports Writer.

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