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Happy Nowruz event attracts 600 women and children in Melbourne

Nowruz 2017 Farida Jennifer Burrows and co web size

Over 500 Afghan women and children gathered at a hall in Dandenong, to share food, dance, play games, connect and celebrate Afghan New Year, Happy Nowruz on Saturday 25 March 2017.

annecto first sponsored the event in 2016 and were proud to be involved again in 2017 on the back of the events success last year. “A lot of women in this community are isolated, don’t speak English, and feel very alone,” explains Farida Bezhan, an annecto Case Manager. “And most of them haven’t got extended family with whom to celebrate the New Year.”

annecto connects people with culturally appropriate services that help them to live a more connected and happy life. “This event is about providing support and help to Afghan women and their children and provides more information about their rights, available services, parenting, English and education advice,” explains Estelle Fyffe, annecto Chief Executive Officer.

This event gives Afghan women and children a chance to celebrate in a safe and appropriate environment. annecto Board member Jennifer Burrows spoke at the event, along with an Afghan lawyer who spoke about women’s rights and domestic violence.

“The event attracts more and more women and their children each year, as the community spread the word that annecto can help connect people to each other, the community, and culturally appropriate services,” explains Farida.

Women and children danced well into the night to traditional music, while children enjoyed games and a jumping castle.