Muslim Women’s Association of SA was invited by the Hon Irene Pnevmatikos MLC (Member of the Legislative Council) to tour Parliament House last week, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia.
It was truly a wonderful experience for the women coming from diverse cultural backgrounds. For some it was their first time visiting Parliament House, which is a whole experience from arriving at the front steps through to leaving enriched with historical and political knowledge.
The afternoon was full of learning and discovery.
Thank you, Irene, for hosting us!
A Reception was held in June at Parliament House to mark the end of Ramadan.
The Reception was hosted by The Honourable Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia, and The Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier.
Chairperson Dora Abbas and Project Manager Shaista Kalaniya were invited to attend and represent the Muslim Women’s Association of SA.
The Reception was well attended by a diverse array of Muslim community members from different community organisations and places of worship.
MWASA appreciates the opportunity to share this joyous time of year with our friends in Parliament.
At the end of last month, the Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) had the great pleasure of being invited to Parliament House as guests of the Honourable Jing Lee MLC. The event fell between MWASA’s Silver Jubilee and International Women’s Day and honoured both.
Around 30 ladies attended on the day; the group included founding members and members of both the senior’s and youth programs.
The Honourable Jing Lee MLC was nothing less than the charismatic and welcoming community leader we have come to know and respect.
We started by sharing refreshments and stories. We were officially welcomed by our host. Chairperson Dora Abbas responded with words of gratitude and optimism for the future. Our members then had an opportunity to stand up and share how they came to be involved with MWASA, what background they are coming from and how MWASA has helped them in providing opportunities and guidance towards fulfilling futures.
The Honourable Jing Lee MLC was a gracious and engaging guide, sharing with us the history and function of each room.
Everyone was inspired with awe at the rich detail everywhere we looked: the Corinthian columns, plush carpets, ornate carved wood and moulded plaster architraves and fixtures, artworks and historical artefacts.
Our group photo taken in the House of Representatives shows some artworks on the wall behind, one of which commemorates this year being the 125 year anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia.
The day was a wonderful experience, our team and members all learnt a great deal and have been left with lasting feelings of inclusion and inspiration.
Management would like to congratulate Community Development Officer June Hussain on organising all attendants for this landmark Parliament House event.