Local non-profit organisation Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre was among the recipients and awarded for providing inclusive and culturally sensitive services for women and their families as well as promoting healthy communities for the past 20 years.
Ishar chief executive Andrea Creado said the organisation was honoured to be inducted, which gave volunteers and staff due acknowledgment.
Ishar staff, volunteers and the community celebrated the acknowledgment with an IWD event where women donned traditional dress fashioned with parasols in the IWD colours.
Mrs Creado, who is a mother of two, said Ishar valued diversity, community participation, dignity and respect, which was consistent with this year’s IWD theme ‘gaining momentum: the gender agenda’.
Mrs Creado said it was important to continue acknowledging women in the community through events such as IWD because women were only recognised in the last century, and their role was now far more diverse, which brought new challenges to overcome.
‘Women can be their own worst enemies and criticise one another for being a stay-at-home mum, having a profession or even managing both at once,’ she said.
‘It’s not good to be judgmental and women shouldn’t be criticised for what they choose.
‘Through starting at Ishar as a volunteer and now as its chief executive, my vision has always been to try and inspire as well as get inspiration from every person I meet.’
Working with multicultural women and being one herself, Mrs Creado said it was also important to celebrate the opportunities the country provided to new Australians.
‘Any life led here is better than a middle-class life in India where I was born,’ she said.
‘Simple things like being able to walk outside or have clean drinking water ” it can’t be measured.’