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Taste of leadership during CHOGM

Monday, 24 October 2011

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ECU student and African national Stephany Oromo hopes to one day become a leader in the Australian-African community. She will get a taste of leadership this week she participates in a round table event held during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

The African Women's Council of Australia’s (AWCoA) Round Table Forum will focus on ‘African Women as Agents of Change’. It will discuss the challenges, solutions and opportunities facing young African women today, and will also act as a stepping stone in developing the National Plan of Action for African women.

Stephany will join state and national leaders at the event, including the Governor General of Australia, Ms Quentin Bryce AC; Hon. Senator Kate Lundy, Parliamentary Secretary, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs; and Mr Sossy Msomi, Honorary Consul, Consulate of the United Republic of Tanzania.

“As a young person from a cultural and linguistically diverse background, I am happy and grateful to know that we have support from government representatives, who are more than willing to take time from their schedules and listen to what we have to share,” said Stephany.

“I am grateful to get a chance to encourage and nurture social justice by being involved in the forum, and hope that the experience will help mould me into a great leader in the future, who has a strong understanding of the cultural issues affecting those from within my community.”

In her final year studying a Bachelor of Science, Stephany is currently working at the Mirrabooka Migrant Resource Centre, where she sets up programs to assist people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have been in Australia less than five years.

She hopes to use the forum as a chance to connect with other African from women within the community, share stories and listen to their voice.

“I feel honoured to be given this chance to be part of this forum, organised by the African Women's Council. This event will be an opportunity to forge change not only for ourselves, but for our families and wider communities, and I am very proud and excited to be a part of that,” said Stephany.

Stephany was invited to the forum by Dr Casta Tungaraza, President of the African Women’s Council of Australia, with her registration funded by ECU’s School of Psychology and Social Science.

The roundtable will be held on Friday, 28 October to coincide with the opening of the CHOGM weekend.

For more information on the forum, visit the African Women’s Council of Australia website.

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