As part of Queensland Women's Week at the Multicultural Council Gold Coast's Wellbeing Centre, five Year 10 students attended the Sisters for Success event. Lily Durdev, Zoha Khan, Hajin Kim, Naisha Rahman and Sarah Rao went along to celebrate our diverse community of strong women and the valuable contributions that they make. Recognising and celebrating our diversity enriches and strengthens our communities and creates a more equal Queensland where everyone is valued. On Tuesday 3 March the students from schools across the Gold Coast enjoyed a fun and interactive day with inspirational women.
"Sisters4Success was crucial in allowing me and my peers to acknowledge that we have a community supporting us throughout our endeavours. A community of women from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds that reinforced what it truly means to be successful despite our circumstances. Throughout history, women - especially those of colour - have been silenced and had their success undermined. This event allowed for open discussions and speeches upon topics such as mindfulness in a progressive environment. Meeting various successful women and having my thoughts and opinions heard was extremely eye opening. It allowed me to realise that I already have the capabilities and resources to succeed; all it takes is a little push." - Zoha Khan - Year 10
"In retrospect, participating in Sisters4Success not only developed my knowledge of other cultures and ideals however enlightened my views on my cultural and personal values. What seemingly was just an excursion from school to collaborate with unfamiliar people and miss out on lessons in class, quickly transformed into a life-changing occasion that I am grateful to have been offered. By listening to a range of speakers, from different backgrounds and perspectives, accompanied by multiple reflective activities, I was able to deepen my understanding of what it means to be a woman and to embrace who I am, regarding my appearance, ethnicity, ideals, past, and future. Learning to express love for what you believe in is an important step into becoming a successful, strong, impactful, resilient and proud person, let alone female. I am honoured to have this experience, with a few of my closest friends – to which I have grown closer to by comprehending and embracing our differences and similarities – of a journey to being proud, strong, and capable, disregarding obstacles and differences." - Lily Durdev - Year 10
Mrs Rachael Hart
HOD Global Learners