Every year on March 8, the world observes International Women’s Day. The day, which has been observed for more than a century since the first women’s movement in New York (28th Feb, 1909), lays a strong emphasis on gender equality. The day celebrates social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, discusses gender roles in different social spectrums to highlight gender disparity, and encourages a movement which celerbates womanhood.
Similarly, the Nepalese Diaspora in Australia too has decided to observe the day – Nari Nikunja Women’s Forum is organising events in all states of Australia, and Nepalese Association of Victoria (NAV) in Melbourne, Australia. The role of Non-Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA) Australia is commendable in both events.
Nari Nikunja Women’s Forum:
Nari Nikunja Australia, NRN Women Forum, formed in 2009 has been espousing for gender equality within the Nepali community in Australia, and Nepalis at home since its inception. Similarly, the forum is organising events in all states of Australia.
Dates, time and venue can be confirmed from the above image.
The program which aims at raising awareness about women’s rights and gender equality also marks the completion of 10 successful years of the forum.
Nepalese Association of Victoria and NRNA Victoria:
Similarly, another program is also being organised by NAV and NRNA Victoria. NAV, a responsible Diaspora organisation has been engaging with the Nepali Diaspora across different segments which include sports, entertainment, and social issues. The session on 9th March will host an interactive session towards gender equality and preventing domestic violence within the community.
About the Nepali Diaspora in Australia:
The Nepali community is one of the fastest growing communities in Australia – as of 4th January, 2020, there were 62,724 Permanent Residents and Australian Citizens of Nepali origin residing in Australia. The Diaspora is spread across all states of Australia, with concentrated numbers in NSW and Victoria. Boosted by an estimated equal amount of students – the Nepali Diaspora in Australia is an important element of Australia’s multicultural identity.