Women of the world unite in Gladstone

WOMEN from as far as France and South Africa came together to celebrate cultural diversity in the region at a Gladstone Women's Health Centre event.

The morning "armchair session" was part of this week's Multicultural Week celebrations, and involved a lively discussion among Gladstone women whose countries of birth included Nairobi, Germany, France, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

"We've come from all the corners of the world and we meet up in Gladstone," said New Zealand-born Viv Norman.

They shared their experiences of living in a different country, including the joys of raising children to speak more than one language.

Ms Norman migrated to Australia four years ago, and said it was important to her that she integrate into the Australian way of life.

"I respect the fact that I've come into another culture, and I have the responsibility to adapt to your culture, and to your country," she said.

The women snacked on treats of Indian, North Africa, United Kingdom, Mexican and Australian origin.

The health centre hosts a monthly session, open to the public.

Facilitator Pushpa Bakshi said many women could be isolated due to low self-esteem, confidence, fear, and language barriers.

EVENTS THIS WEEK

Tuesday July 29

 Colouring in competition at BigW

 Exhibition of Migrant Heritage banner at Gladstone city library

 6.30pm: French evening at Brassiere Restaurant

Wednesday July 30

 10am: 'Open house' at Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours on Tank St

 11am: Iranian film 'Alberta legacy 1' screening at Gladstone city library



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