Inspiring, informing and celebrating the women of the Central Coast is the aim of an inaugural event to be held at the University of Newcastle’s Central Coast Campus in March.
As part of worldwide celebrations for International Women’s Day (IWD), service clubs and women and girl’s organisations on the Central Coast have joined forces, to arrange the Central Coast IWD Expo, to be held on 7 March 2015.
The University of Newcastle Central Coast is proud to host this family-friendly community event, which will include a range of presentations and workshops, to empower and inspire people of all ages.
UON Central Coast academic Dr Ibtihal Samarayi, will speak about her personal experience as a refugee, who, with her family, fled the tyranny of the Hussein regime in Iraq, to find a new home on the Central Coast, where Dr Samarayi is inspiring other women to rediscover themselves through higher education, as a lecturer to the UON’s Open Foundation enabling program.
Dr Samarayi has shared her emotional journey in her book Refugee to Resident and as part of a special video series, made to celebrate the UON Central Coast 25th anniversary.
Associate Lecturer Rosalie Bunn, will speak about her PhD research on how UON’s Open Foundation program has had a positive impact on the Central Coast community, giving examples of local mature aged students who have found great success through completing the higher education preparation program.
The Central Coast IWD Expo will be held at UON’s Central Coast Campus, at Ourimbah, from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 7 March 2015. This free event is open to men, women and children, and will also include market stalls, food vendors and entertainment.
Volunteers are needed to help promote the IWD Expo, if you can help, or would like more information about the event, please follow the event on Facebook.