Gains for women but disparities still need work


Nyibol Chol, Sara Modeste and Elizabeth Diu. Picture: Andrew Ritchie           d450354
Gains for women but disparities still need work
Nyibol Chol, Sara Modeste and Elizabeth Diu. Picture: Andrew Ritchie         d450354

They joined women from about 20 countries including India, Burma and Vietnam to mark International Women’s Day at Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre.

Ishar chief executive Andrea Creado said International Women’s Day was important to celebrate, as many women still suffered inequality.

“While women’s status has progressed a lot, there are real women in Perth still facing inequalities,” she said.

Ms Creado said Ishar helped bridge some of the inequality gap of refugee and immigrant clients by helping them access basic health care, counselling, training and support to integrate into society.

Thousands of people accessed Ishar’s services each year and some older women continued to come to the centre to socialise.

Colombian-born Esperanza Garzon moved to Australia 25 years ago and began to come to Ishar 10 years ago.

She said it was important to mark International Women’s Day “so women are equal to men”.