International Women's Day Victoria 2011

Migrant and Refugee Women:
Write your contributions to life in Victoria!

Her Story is a migrant and refugee women’s project to celebrate

100th International Women’s Day. It will be launched at 10:30 am on Friday, 4th March 2011

at the Immigration Museum of Victoria, 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne.

If you are a migrant or refugee woman, this project is for you. We invite you to share your story of contributions to life in Victoria – through participation in civic and political activities, how you have made a difference and continue to make a difference for social justice, women’s rights, and for a multicultural Australia. Many migrant and refugee women have inspirational stories. If you are one of them, write your story on 3 pages of A4 white paper. You can write in English or in another language, by hand or typewritten. You can decorate your story, draw on it or include your photo.

Answer the following questions as a guide to your story:
2.Country you came from
3.Year of arrival
4.Why you came to Australia
5.How did you cope with the first 2 years?
6.What have you achieved as an individual?
7.What were your contributions to Australia?

Your story will be kept in albums displayed at the Immigration Museum for the rest of 2011. We encourage you to write your story and send it to us before March 4 so that it will be on display in albums on the day of the launch. You can send your story to us by:

•Post to VIRWC, Level 1, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000

•Email to e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (if all contents are electronically done)

OR you can bring your story with you on the day of the project launch on March 4!

If you cannot attend the launch, you are invited to visit the Immigration Museum and write your story at any time before 2011 ends.

How can organizations participate?
The Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition (VIRWC) is coordinating “Her Story” in collaboration with the Ethnic communities Council Victoria. All organizations are welcome to support the Project and celebrate the Centenary of International Women’s Day with us on March 4 at the Immigration Museum. We also ask organizations to actively collect stories from your members. You know who among your members have stories to contribute. Please also encourage your members, clients and staff to attend the launch.
If you need more information about this project, please contact:

•Jeanette Hourani on 0412160418 Email e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

•or Melba Marginson on 0418389135 Email e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

International Women’s Day is celebrated each year around the world on 8th March. Events are held to acknowledge women’s contributions to life and human rights and to inspire and celebrate women’s achievements.

This year marks the celebration of 100th International Women’s Day.

To find out more information about International Women’s Day, visit UNIFEM Australia at

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