Freda Rashi (left) and Samra Hasso catch up before the International Women's Day lunch at Centenary Heights High School Hall.
Freda Rashi (left) and Samra Hasso catch up before the International Women's Day lunch at Centenary Heights High School Hall.

International Women’s Day lunch informative as well as entertaining

LIKE many of Toowoomba’s refugee community, Yazidi woman Rojin Rash’s journey to life in the Garden City is a fascinating one.

And, more than 150 people who attended the International Women’s Day lunch at Centenary Heights High School got a glimpse of what it took for her and people like her to escape oppression on the other side of the world to finally find a home in Toowoomba.

Rojin Rash, organiser of the Yazidi International Women's Day event at Centenary Heights.
Rojin Rash, organiser of the Yazidi International Women's Day event at Centenary Heights.

“A lot of people don’t know much about our stories,” Mrs Rash said.

“What made them flee their country to come here.

“We like it here in Toowoomba, the climate and the people are very supportive and make us feel welcome.

Enjoying the International Women's Day lunch are (from left) Libby Nairn, Pixie Roediger and Judith Wills.
Enjoying the International Women's Day lunch are (from left) Libby Nairn, Pixie Roediger and Judith Wills.

“When you feel welcome it’s easier to live in the community and we like to integrate and share our stories and look to a better future.”

Mrs Rash and some others from Toowoomba’s Yazidi community organised the lunch, set up the hall and helped prepare most of the food for the event.

Enjoying a chat at the International Women's Day lunch are (from left) Nahla Tamar, Selwa Ibrahim and Samira and Alex Ibrahim.
Enjoying a chat at the International Women's Day lunch are (from left) Nahla Tamar, Selwa Ibrahim and Samira and Alex Ibrahim.

“There is nothing in our country like this to celebrate women,” she explained.

“I have to say a huge thanks to all those who helped us with today and helped with food and organising the event.

Tasting the Yazidi food at the International Women's Day lunch are (from left) Margot Armstrong, Margaret Manteufel and Shirley Armstrong.
Tasting the Yazidi food at the International Women's Day lunch are (from left) Margot Armstrong, Margaret Manteufel and Shirley Armstrong.

“The theme of International Women’s Day is ‘Choose to Challenge’, and this is my challenge.”

Mrs Rash is expecting her third child soon and hopes to study nursing next year.

Khokhi Shani Baqi wore traditional dress for the International Women's Day lunch at Centenary Heights High School Hall.
Khokhi Shani Baqi wore traditional dress for the International Women's Day lunch at Centenary Heights High School Hall.

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