ABOUT 120 women graced the Mirrabooka precinct with colourful umbrellas for the Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre’s flagship International Women’s Day Walk yesterday.
Women from different backgrounds assembled at the centre on Sudbury Road before walking through The Square Mirrabooka and having lunch and listening to inspirational speakers at Herb Graham Recreation Centre.
Ishar chief executive Andrea Creado said the walk had gathered between 60 and 70 women in previous years, compared to about 120 this year.
“A lot of them who joined us later said they were so disappointed they could not make the entire walk,” she said.
“There was more awareness as to why they were participating and for a lot of our women, especially the ones who are newly-arrived in Australia, they were not exposed to International Women’s Day before.
“So, they got the concept of women being celebrated for being women and the history of it being explained.
“They were surprised in knowing women are appreciated, wanted, recognised for the work they do and just for being models.”