Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Balga festival a celebration of women in the community

    28/09/2018 12:00 PM
     
    • Mothers of Emo Stand and Move event celebrates the role of women in the community
    • Festival supported by the McGowan Government with $5,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests

    The Mothers of Emo Stand and Move Celebration will bring together many of Western Australia's African communities for a day of celebration of the role of women.

     

    Aimed at empowering women and recognising their importance in the family and community, the festival will pass on its message through singing, dancing, cultural performances and home-cooked food as well as through talks from government representatives and community leaders.

     

    The festival is expected to attract more than 550 people to Balga Senior High School tomorrow (September 29), with support from community partners such as Edmund Rice Centre, Relationships Australia and WA Police.

     

    Organised by the Emo Ya M'mbondo Women's Group, the event aims to support, enable and celebrate women and mothers from Western Australian African communities. A YouTube video will be produced of the celebration to help promote its message further.

     

    The festival is being supported by the McGowan Government with $5,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program.

     

    Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:

     

    "Western Australia's African communities are growing and contributing strongly to the social, economic and cultural development of the State.

     

    "The McGowan Government recognises and celebrates cultural diversity as one of our great strengths, and applauds the contributions of Western Australian African communities to every aspect of life in this State.

     

    "The Mothers of Emo Stand and Move Celebration is a chance for Western Australian women from African cultural backgrounds to realise and be appreciated for the major role they play in families and communities."

     

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