In a heartwarming display of community spirit, women from 15 diverse cultures in the Northern suburbs came together to participate in the highly successful Women’s Wellbeing Forum.

Hosted by the Whittlesea Multicultural Community Council, the event aimed to promote self-care and address the mental health challenges brought on by the COVID-19 lockdown.

The forum, held under the theme “Celebrate You, Celebrate Your Community,” attracted hundreds of women of all ages.

Esteemed speakers, led by Professor Magdalena Simmonis, engaged the participants in discussions about clinical, physical, and emotional well-being.

Topics also included preventative lifestyle approaches and the benefits of alternative Art therapies for chronic illnesses like Dementia and Heart disease.

Adding a vibrant touch to the event, the local Opacize Team, led by Liza, entertained and inspired attendees with energetic performances.

The dance floor saw an amalgamation of cultures, as Greek folk dancing blended seamlessly with dances from Somalia, Spain, China, Syria, and India.

Local Members of Parliament, Lily D’Ambrosio and Bronwyn Halfpenny, were present at the event, sharing their insights on nurturing self-wellbeing and engaging with the women to understand their concerns.

Workshops during the forum focused on the value of family, friends, and personal time for well-being.

The feedback collected from these workshops will be used to draft a discussion paper for government consultation, giving women in the community a voice in shaping well-being policies.

The Women’s Wellbeing Forum concluded on a positive note, leaving attendees anticipating future gatherings.

The event highlighted the strength of unity and cultural harmony, reinforcing the importance of self-care and community support.