Women’s business: The Aussie-Indian Women’s Expo 2017
Community women gather for an inspirational event that looks set to become an annual occurrence.
Bindiya Manchanda is hoping her women’s expo becomes bigger and better after a successful inaugural event at Herb Graham Reserve: Naari, The Aussie-Indian Women’s Expo 2017, which was held on June 11.
It celebrated the unique privilege of being women amongst two great cultures, Indian and Australian.
The event highlighted traditional and modern fashion, food, dancing and even offered free health check-ups throughout the day. The main aim was to connect the younger generation of Australian Indians with their history and culture.
The brainchild of Bindiya, an ISWA management committee member wanting to empower women of Indian heritage, Naari gained momentum through the year as twenty-five women joined to create an inspirational event that would uplift and encourage Australian Indian women.
Monthly volunteer meetings turned into fortnightly then weekly gatherings filled with excitement as the vision came into fruition.
“Naari 2017 provided a platform to share our expertise, passion and skills,” said Bindaya. “Women who can come together to relish this unique opportunity and celebrate ourselves as women enriched by two beautiful cultures, Indian and Australian.
Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman was amongst some of the distinguished guests and politicians visiting the Aussie Indian Women’s Expo, and was seen visiting the various stalls.
There were motivational speakers and musical performances to keep the crowds entertained, and workshops on Bollywood dancing and on ‘what to look for while buying diamonds’ for the people who were interested.
Motivational talks, musical vocal and instrumental performances and workshops on ranging from what to look for when buying diamonds to Bollywood dancing were some of the programs entertaining the crowds throughout the day.
Next year’s event is already being talked about.