CUIN | REVEALING | The Intercultural Citizenship Ambassador Program | Accredited In-school Delivery | 16 sessions over 2 Terms | Ages 9-14

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Information technology and social media have brought the world to our fingertips. National borders and cultural boundaries are traversed at an increasing rate as more and more people travel the globe. 

To help school students take advantage of cultural diversity, and to increase their cultural sensitivity and skills, Cultural Infusion developed the Intercultural Citizenship Ambassadors Program (ICAP). ICAP is a course of building student skills and commitment to intercultural understanding in ages 9 to 14.

The course is in two parts. The first part is mostly an inward “Cultural Journey”. Building on the first part, the second part of the course has an outward focus and encourages students to stage an event where they act as intercultural citizens and ambassadors.

The course uses role plays and techniques from art and drama, while linking with subject areas from languages, history and geography. Its curriculum engages students deeply and builds their understanding of cultural differences. It increases individual commitments to acting with respect and tolerance as they learn and interact with people from different cultures. The course gives students insight into their own identity and into the value and benefits of inclusive behaviours.

Some countries, such as Australia, have made intercultural understanding a core general competency to be taught in primary and secondary schools. ICAP has 16 sessions, is usually taught over two terms and is inspired and informed by eight key principles:
  • Self-Awareness
  • Independent Thought
  • Belonging
  • Inspiration
  • Vision
  • Initiation
  • Leadership
  • Reflection
Wherever we are: encouraging intercultural exchange and ability is crucial to fostering the advanced communication and social cohesion required for social and economic well-being. This is now being recognised by leading educators, UN agencies, political and religious leaders, and by NGOs around the world.

Creating a generation of Global Citizens, we aim to turn today’s students into tomorrow’s ambassadors – leading the way towards a generation that embraces and utilises the full extent of cultural diversity in order to thrive in an increasingly globalised world. 

For more information about the Intercultural Citizenship Ambassador Program (ICAP), visit ICAP Executive Summary and Program Overview

Cultural Infusion (CUIN)
Address: 49 Vere Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Postal: PO Box 218, Abbotsford, VIC 3067
Tel:  9412 6666

Cultural Infusion’s programs are supported by UNESCO

PPLS | ENGAGING | Chinese Ink Art Workshops | Sunday 18 March 2018 | 2 Sessions

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Join award-winning Chinese brush painting artist and teacher Echo Wu for a fun and informative Chinese calligraphy and painting workshop.

The participants will discover the evolution of a particular Chinese character and learn to write them in calligraphy form, and finally produce a painting associating with the word.

Please visit for further information about the artist.

These and other events are offered during Multicultural week, as part of our aim to represent our diverse community.

Where: Community Room, St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle St, St Kilda, VIC 3182

Cost: $6 Suitable for ages 16+

Two workshop times available.
Session one: 1-2.30pm
Session two: 3-4.30pm

Bookings: essential as spaces limited. One booking per person. Book online through EventBrite.

Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)
Post: 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Victoria 3182
Tel: 9209 6655

NCHWAV | ENGAGING | Women's Interfaith Model Passover Seder | Wednesday 21 March 2018 | 5.45pm for a 6pm start

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Take part in this unique interactive Interfaith Women’s Passover experience. 

Learn about the traditions and customs of this eight-day festival which commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.

Includes a specially prepared ‘Seder’ type meal, take home booklet and packet of matzah.

Facilitated by: Melinda Jones

We encourage you to please bring a friend or relative from the same or different faith with whom to share this experience.

Considerations: Please note, this is a women only event

Where: The Eva Besen Centre, 131-133 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North

Cost: $25 per person/$15 school students

Bookings: essential. RSVP by 7 March 2018 for catering purposes. For online booking, click here. Further information: 03 9044 5401 during business hours

National Council of Jewish Women of Australia
Address: The Eva Besen Centre, 131-133 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North
Tel: 03 9044 5401

KIN | DINNER | Unity in Diversity: People of diverse faiths working together for harmony | Thursday 22 March 2018 | 6.30-8.30pm

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A Harmony Dinner during Cultural Diversity Week to celebrate the diversity of cultures and religions in the City of Kingston.

Guest speakers:
Rev Helen Summers
Dharma Teacher Andrew William
Dinner and music will follow the informal Q&A discussion | Please come along!

Where: Chelsea Activity Hub, 5 Showers Ave, Chelsea 3196

Cost: Free Event | All welcome

Bookings: essential RSVP: 14 March 2018. Elisabetta Robecchi | 03 9581 4783

Kingston Interfaith Network
Elisabetta Robecchi 
Tel: 03 9581 4783

PPLS | ENGAGING | Hands-on Henna Workshop | Sunday 25 March 2018 | 2 Sessions

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Participants will learn about Henna and its cultural significance and see a demonstration on how to mix fresh henna paste.

Join Neeta from Ada Henna at St Kilda Library for a hands-on Henna workshop. Learn how to make a henna cone and be introduced to simple patterns of henna design.

These and other events are offered during Multicultural week, as part of our aim to represent our diverse community.

Cost: $6 Suitable for ages 16+ Two workshop times available.

Session one: 10.30am-12.30pm

Session two: 2-4pm

Where: Community Room, St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle St, St Kilda, VIC 3182

Bookings: essential as spaces limited. One booking per person. Book online through EventBrite.

Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)
Post: 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Victoria 3182
Tel: 9209 6655

S2B | ENGAGING | The Art of African Headwrap Workshop | Sunday 25 March 2018 | 11am-1pm

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Embrace your inner queen and learn how to confidently wear a headwrap in a variety of styles with this workshop.

Hosted by Nehanda Yemaya Rusere and Watiri Boleyn. Feel free to bring your own scarf or scarves will be available and also on sale.
Nehanda is a Healer, Coach, Visionary, Art Model, Dancer and Storyteller.

Where: Space2b Social Design, 144 Chapel Street, Balaclava, Melbourne, VIC 3182

Cost: $15

Bookings: online through EventBrite

You also have the chance to be in the sister-event United Threads Fashion Show

Space2b Social Design
Address: 144 Chapel Street, Balaclava, Melbourne, VIC 3182

Playing a part in the Laneway Market Festival | 25 March 2018 | 10-3pm

S2B | EXPERIENCE | United Threads Fashion Show | Sunday 25 March 2018 | 1.30-2.30pm

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Come and Experience Colourful, Vibrant Fashion From Around The World

Designers will be showcasing their creations, inspired by their culture.

Encouraging participants of all shapes, sizes and cultural backgrounds and promoting the message ‘love your body’.

You can also get tickets to our Headwrap workshop earlier in the day, and then you have the opportunity to be part of the fashion show!

Where: Laneway behind Space2b Social Design, 144 Chapel Street, Balaclava, Melbourne, VIC 3182

Cost: $15

Bookings: online through EventBrite

Space2b is a social enterprise supporting newly arrived migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum to become financially independent.  We do this by connecting people; assisting in their creative enterprise; facilitating workplace training and business mentoring; we support our participants to thrive.

Space2b Social Design
Address: 144 Chapel Street, Balaclava, Melbourne, VIC 3182

Playing a part in the Laneway Market Festival | 25 March 2018 | 10-3pm

DVP | RAISING | Disability Visibility Project | since 2014

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An online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability media and culture.

The Disability Visibility Project (DVP) is also a community partnership with StoryCorps, a national oral history organization. Our aim is to create disabled media that is intersectional, multi-modal, and accessible.

What does the DVP do?
  • Believes that disabled narratives matter and that they belong to us
  • Encourages people with disabilities to go to StoryCorps or use the StoryCorps app and record their oral histories with the option of having them archived at the Library of Congress
  • Creates disabled media from those oral histories in the form of tweets, podcast episodes, radio stories, audio clips, images, blog posts, etc.
  • Publishes original essays, reports, and blog posts about ableism, intersectionality, culture, media, and politics from the perspective of disabled people
  • Provides online spaces for people to share and connect
  • Hosts and organizes Twitter chats about disability culture and issues
  • Moderates a Facebook group, fostering conversation and sharing the latest news of interest to the disability community
  • Champions disability culture and history
  • Organizes and facilitates events, gives presentations, participates on panels
  • Supports and amplifies the work of other disabled people and organizations in the community using social media
  • Partners with other activists and organizations in various campaigns such as #CripTheVote and
  • Consults with organizations and companies
Disability Visibility Project (DVP)

PWR | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | 7th International Convening Toronto | CLOSE 1 April 2018

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The Parliament of the World's Religions is calling for persons of faith and conscience across the globe to submit program proposals for its 7th international convening taking place in Toronto, Ontario, 1- 7 November 2018. 

Some updates from the team and materials to help plan your PoWR experience.

Submissions of proposals to present sessions at the 2018 PoWR will now be accepted through April 2018. 

During this month-long extension, the Parliament is looking for program ideas that will inspire, inform, energize, connect and move attendees of the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions to advance our collective mission of a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. While you continue forward to learn about the expanded request for proposals, please take note of the following informational updates:
  • Early bird rates will continue to save you $100 or more on PoWR registration throughout the month of March, closing on April 1. Student and group registration unlocks deeper discounts!
  • More than 500 discrete programs will be featured over seven days
  • Final decisions on program review will be communicated by 15 May 2018 
  • Presenters and applicants will receive access to reduced-rate registration tiers
  • Exhibitor, Sponsor, & Advertiser Opportunities are available here: Did you know that registration fees only cover about half the cost of producing the Parliament? Low registration fees let more people attend but we need the support of sponsors, grantmakers, and donors. We invite individuals, groups, organizations and corporations aligned to (or interested in supporting) faith, interfaith, civic life, and critical issues and more to take a look at these opportunities to engage with our active and informed participants. 
  • Early bird incentives are also extended for exhibition space bookings in March! Book by April 1 to save $300!

Announcing Subthemes of the Assembly & Program Initiatives of the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions

In planning for the 2018 Parliament, Task Forces of the Parliament of the World's Religions have expanded membership to include Trustees of the Parliament Board, leaders and officers of PoWR 2018 programmatic partner organizations, and key representatives of communities across our 2018 home nation of Canada in each of six major task force areas.

An expanded Request for Proposals to guide applications relating to each of six critical issue and constituency tracks. Please share these 2018 PoWR RFPs far and wide!

In the coming weeks, you will also learn more from each task force about the design and vision of the Assembly and Program Initiative developing in each area, including schedules, major speakers, and the news of exciting interfaith projects open to both attendees and the general public!

To assist you in planning a best possible proposal, the Parliament invites you to read, consider and respond to the primary Requests for Proposals on the conference theme, The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change.  and/or an RFP in the context of our critical issues and constituencies informing the sub-themes of the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions, which include:

Women's Dignity Across the World's Wisdom Traditions & Society
Organized by the Women's Task Force

Interfaith Has No Age • Youth Voices for Change
Organized by the Next Generation Task Force

The Spiritual Evolution of Humanity & Healing Our Mother Earth
Organized by the Indigenous Peoples' Task Force & Working Group

Peace and Love: Not War, Hate & Violence 
Organized by the Task Force on Countering War, Hate & Violence

Care for Our Earth, Responsibility for Our Future
Organized by the Climate Action Task Force

Advancing Concrete Change Toward a Just, Peaceful, and Sustainable World
Organized by the Justice Task Force

The Promise of Inclusion, The Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation & Change
The Primary Call for Programs for the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions for submissions on the interfaith movement, Parliament mission & landmark document, Toward a Global Ethic, and other issues. 

Downloadable Request for Proposal PDFs

Each includes the primary request for proposals and the submission guidelines for the specific track and program. Download Program Track PDFs below.
To review all program track RFPs, please click here to begin downloading.

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Make a Gift to the Parliament

Parliament of the World's Religions
Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 205, Chicago, IL 60601

AIS | EAT TALK | Pathways to Success: Navigating the speed bumps and avoiding dead ends | Thursday 12 April 2018 | 11.30am-1pm

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A panel discussion and light lunch with coffee and tea. 

If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know when you register for the event.

Where: Location to be confirmed

Cost: FREE

Bookings: Register online through EventBrite

Australian Intercultural Society
Address: Ground Floor, Suite 2, 441 St Kilda Road Melbourne VIC 3004
Tel: 03 9867 2248

ECCV | ANNUAL CONFERENCE | Workplace rEvolution: Blueprints for a Diverse Tomorrow | Thursday 17-Friday 18 May 2018

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Exploring the impact of differing mindsets about diversity and inclusion across the three sectors; Government, Not-for-Profit and Business & Social Enterprise.

They also aim to create ongoing partnerships across the sectors at and beyond the Conference.

The ECCV State Conference will lead public discussion addressing the issues of unemployment and underemployment of all Victorians from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Conference sessions will have a strong focus on future income earning opportunities to benefit employers, diverse jobseekers, business leaders and future entrepreneurs.

Economic and industry environments are embracing a culture of inclusion and respect for diversity.
It is essential all sectors, industries and groups come together at the 2018 state conference to share stories, ideas and thoughts about how policy can be shaped to improve workplace opportunities and experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians.

Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) is the peak policy advocacy body for over 200 ethnic and multicultural organisations in Victoria. It is a community based, member driven organisation committed to empowering people from diverse multicultural backgrounds.  For over 40 years we have been the link between multicultural communities, government and the wider community.

Key Dates

The ECCV 2018 State Conference
Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV)

ARC | REPORTS | Cultural Rainbow Service Directory | Friday 9 March 2018

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Red Cross and AGMC announce the new Cultural Rainbow Service Directory is now available for use online.

The directory is the result of the your participation in the forum to address the ongoing gap in service knowledge for LGBTI migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. The forum had more than 50 participants from across Melbourne’s Multicultural and LGBTI services who came together to map the services that exist for this client group.

An ongoing collaboration, the database will be updated regularly by Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC). Please feel free to submit alterations, and further services that may be relevant via the website, and please share with your networks.

Australian Red Cross
23-47 Villiers Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051
Anthony Benedyka, Project Lead Community Conversations/In Search of Safety Program
Migration Support Programs, Equal Opportunity Contact Officer
Tel: +61 3 8354 4878

GEIFN | REPORTS | GECC | PRESS | For Progress | International Women’s Day | Friday 9 March 2018 | 11.30am–2pm (12pm start)

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A celebration with local community. Reflecting on the gender equality journey and look to see what more we can do. Creating opportunities for local leaders, community members and stakeholders to make connections, affirm their commitment to gender equality and understand what they can do to make a difference in Glen Eira and beyond.

A lunch gathering featuring inspiring women including:
Keynote Speaker Angela Pippos Journalist, presenter, documentary maker and author, joining with
Augustine Zycher Founder and Co-editor WomanGoingPlaces,
Cara Morgan Glen Eira Young Citizen of the Year 2018 and
Rebecca McKenzie CEO Glen Eira City Council.

Where: Glen Eira Town Hall Auditorium. Cnr Glen Eira & Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield

A celebration of International Women’s Day Thursday 8 March 2018 with the global theme Press for Progress. The program highlighted achievements of women locally and inspired participants to take action towards gender equality. Participants were invited to contribute to the conversation with the panellists and share stories over lunch.

Angela spoke of her triple passions: sport, females in sport and equality of access/support/visability for women. Taking us from the ancient Greek tradition of only allowing the male gender in sport, disallowing women from participating or watching to the present day. She spoke of her early experiences coming from Adelaide to Melbourne and of being continually the only woman from the locker room, with sports discussions or presenting sports. She spoke of the advances since 2015 in the public arena and multiplier affect of national sporting codes getting behind and putting women on centre stage.

Augustine spoke for a cohort of women who are the first generation in history of older, diversely traveled and highly educated women to number in the tens of millions. The first ever generation of older women who have spent decades in professions and skilled employment, and not in the sweatshops and the fields. The first ever generation of older women who have accumulated independent wealth and economic clout, despite discriminatory wage practices. And the first ever generation of older women who can expect to live into their 90s and possibly now entering the age of retirement. The earlier dynamic public life now seems to become the most invisible segment of the population. If seen at all, it is only through the lens of stereotypes – kindly grannies, old hags, frail spinsters or old biddies selfishly occupying homes that could better be used by young families.

Cara was awarded the 2018 Glen Eira Young Citizen of the Year in recognition of her community spirit and service. Cara spoke of her extensive involvement in the Scout movement presently including committee representation on that organisation’s national youth advisory committee. While the national body remains an all-male affair, the youth advisory committee itself calls, exemplifies and embodies equitable gender representation, engaging in positive advocacy and setting role modelling as a standard for whole-of- organisation to follow.
Rebecca spoke of her experiences across diverse workplaces and activities. Local Government is the closest level of government to the community. She believes it should also be representative of that community – in all sorts of ways, not just gender. Of the 79 Councils in Victoria only 12 are currently led by women. There are far more than 12 women in local government capable of being CEOs, so something needs to shift.

More than half (51.6%) of Glen Eira’s population is female.
  • On the Payroll: 56.2% of Glen Eira women over the age of 15 years are employed, compared with 65.2% men. Almost half of employed Glen Eira women are working part time only. Median personal income range of full time Glen Eira working women is $1250-$1499 per week compared to earning men at $1500-1749. Nationally, the average woman has to work an extra 66 days a year to earn the same pay as an average man.
  • Unpaid Work: Women continue to perform more unpaid work. 10.9% Glen Eira women provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability compared to 7.8% men. The number of Glen Eira women performing at least 15 hours of domestic unpaid work every week is more than 3 times the number of men.
  • Safety: Only 45.6% of women feel safe walking in the community at night, compared to 79.8% of men. Sexual harassment and assault is more more common for women. Nationally, one in three women over 15 years has experienced physical violence and nearly one in five has experienced sexual assault.
It is up to all of us to awaken to the precious nature of every individual. Create opportunities where there are none, give advantage to those who are under represented, misheard or demonised. Let us each champion progress together and separately for a shared goal of a more equitable brighter future.

On behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to Organisers and Participants working tirelessly and individually, and in teams and publicly to celebrate gains, highlight opportunities and fostering team spirit to addressing today's imbalances together. Received with gratitude.

Glen Eira City Council
Glen Eira Town Hall. Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield
Tel: +61 3 9524 3333

PWR | REPORTS | Parliament Women's Task Force | Thursday 8 March 2018

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Women’s empowerment is taking centre stage and the 2018 Parliament will be a major voice in this expanding movement.

Today we are at a watershed moment for women’s rights and human dignity. From the historic women’s marches to sexual harassment scandals and social media campaigns such as #metoo, women have been speaking out in bold new ways and serious attention is being given to women’s issues world-wide.
Women of Faith and Conscience from Around the World Stand Together on This International Women's Day and Toward the 2018 Parliament.
Since its inception, the Parliament of World Religions has been an advocate for women. Women were speakers at the 1893 Parliament including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, author of the Women’s Bible, and Antoinette Brown Blackwell, the first ordained woman in America. The 1993 Parliament endorsed a Global Ethic with four Irrevocable Directives, including the Commitment to a Culture of Equal Rights and Partnership Between Men and Women. Women religious and spiritual leaders were featured at the 1993, 1999, 2004, and 2009 Parliaments, and in 2015, an Inaugural Women’s Assembly was held with over 3,500 participants that included the Declaration for the Dignity and Human Rights of Women.

The title for the 2018 Parliament women’s programming is The Dignity of Women Across the World’s Wisdom Traditions and Society. Please consider submitting a proposal for the 2018 Parliament, particularly on the following themes:
  • Supporting women’s religious and spiritual leadership, dignity, and equality within the world’s wisdom traditions
  • Empowering Women’s creative ritual and artistic religious and spiritual expression
  • Acknowledging and honoring a Divine Feminine/ Sacred Feminine/ Feminine Divine within and beyond religions and spiritual movements.
  • Advancing Women’s Equality in Basic Human Dignity and Rights in Society, particularly health, education, legal and financial rights and protections.
  • Seeking to End All Violence Against Women
  • Encouraging Women’s Coalitions to solve Global Problems
We also invite proposals for other topics that relate to women’s religious and spiritual concerns. For more information view: Request for Women's Programs

Elizabeth Ursic, Chair of the Parliament Women's Task Force

Parliament of the World's Religions
Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 205, Chicago, IL 60601

GEIFN | REPORTS | CoPP | PRESS | For Progress | Thursday 1 March 2018 | 6.30-8.30pm

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A Reception for International Women’s Day 2018.

Featuring inspiring women including:
Carly Findlay Blogger, disability and appearance activist
Celeste Liddle Columnist, union organiser and Indigenous rights activist.
Jo Stanley Radio and TV presenter, comedian, and writer.

Where: St Kilda Town Hall | 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Victoria 3182

United Nations International Women’s Day 8 March is celebrated around the world. Leave no woman behind. Together we can empower women across the globe.
“Women’s knowledge and expertise as leaders, planning for and responding to disasters and conflict can help protect and empower women and girls so that they can survive and thrive.”
Carly explained how her quite obvious skin condition made her an advocate for disability awareness every time she left her front door. She discussed the low employability of disabled people generally, and how the internet and social media has allowed her employment, flexible working conditions (able to work from bed through periods of debilitation) and expanded career opportunities. Her lack of role-models in children’s literature has inspired her to undertake writing her first book. Carly inspired commentators when discussing inclusiveness to actually including representatives who are actually disabled, sharing the mantra “nothing about us, without us”. The audience were encouraged to continue the conversation by Googly searching Disability Visibility Project

Celeste explained how her commitment to an effective reconciling of Australia’s past, present and future is an ongoing work in progress. She has championed the growing “Invasion Day” movement, lamenting that even though the Melbourne event drew over 60,000 people, it’s coverage in mainstream media was generally diminished to mean “just move date of Australia Day”. Effective reconciliation begins with acknowledging the past, cooperating with the present and collaborating for a shared united future.

Jo recalled how her and then comedy partner’s filmed naked running woman sketch led to being offered a radio position on a high rating radio station, ostensibly because of their ‘cheekiness’. She spoke on the subsequent realisations through the constraints placed upon them, usually by male bosses informed by bias and white middle-aged male syndrome substantiated by questionable audience research. Jo has learnt to make no apologies for being directly speaking, loud in volume or shrill when laughing.

Speaking, owning and living one’s truth starts at birth, continues through life and is an ongoing journey.
All spoke to the challenges faced by women of faceless Internet Trolls, false facts and toxicity of hate speech. Emphasising self-care, establishing personal boundaries and knowing one’s limits help keep the senses of humour intact.
It is up to all of us to acknowledge the equal worth of every individual, create opportunities where there are none, and give advantage to those who are under represented, misheard or demonised.

On behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to Organisers and Participants working tirelessly and individually, and in teams and publicly to celebrate gains, highlight opportunities and fostering team spirit to addressing today's imbalances together. Received with gratitude.

City of Port Phillip
Executive & Councillors' Office
Samuel Yeo, Executive Assistant to the Mayor
St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Victoria 3182
Tel: 03 9209 6431