Australia Pakistan Women Association (APWA) launched its first public event as part of International day for Elimination of Violence against Women on 25th November at the Mount Druitt Hub in Sydney’s West.
According the founder and president of APWA Ms. ShafaqJaffery, the event is the dream come true as the main objectives of the APWA is to support those victims of domestic violence at various walks of life, particularly migrant women from the subcontinent.
The program showcased how a typical aggression against female in the family began through a story telling of “Meri Awaz Suno” (Listen without prejudice) present in both Urdu and English by Shafaq and Ms. Abida Malik. The story echoed thousands of such stories of the cultural and linguistic experience of Pakistani women.
The chief guest of the evening was His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Ashraf, the Consulate General of Pakistan in Sydney. He welcomed APWA for their initiatives to support the women in need of help from the community. He also extended his support and offered the support of Pakistani mission in Sydney. Other speakers were the trustees of APWA Mr. ZainSheriff and Shahid Iqbal well-known Sydney based businessmen and community leaders.
APWA recognised female community leaders from Pakistani diaspora and given gifts and certificates for their contribution towards the community and in solidarity with those inflicted with violence. There was music performance followed by dinner. Ms. Kiran Musharraf the general secretary thanked the guests.