The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-22T00:28:55Z Harmony is more important than ever this week 2019-03-22T00:28:55Z harmony-is-more-important-than-ever-this-week Harmony Week in Australia coincided with important dates this week, including the International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, World Social Work Day and the aftermath of the devastating terrorist attack in Christchurch. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “These events remind us that ‘harmony’ within our communities and across society rests on recognising the dignity of every person, while welcoming diversity. “That is how we promote the human rights of everyone. “This year’s Harmony Week shows us how important it is that we all promote inclusion and end discrimination based on differences in heritage, culture or belief.” This year’s AASW World Social Work Day events took time to reflect on the tragedy in Christchurch and how important social work values are in countering racism. Ms Craik said, “Social workers are passionate advocates for justice and helping families, communities and societies to build relationships based on solidarity and mutual respect. “This is how we will eliminate racial discrimination in our country. We need to reflect on the culture that can make politicians believe that there are votes to be gained by blaming refugees, immigrants or Indigenous people for issues that are not related to them, such as pressure on health care, crowded cities or welfare spending. It’s the same culture that led to the terrible act of violence last Friday.” “Social workers are dedicated to creating a society which is just and inclusive in which it is possible for everyone to flourish and thrive. Eliminating racial discrimination is fundamental to our vision. “Now is the time when we look to our leaders to set an example and we call on politicians, business and community groups to commit to join us in eliminating all forms of discrimination.” Christine Craik is available for interview. Filming/photo opportunity: WW1 Remembrance Event 2018-11-07T21:00:00Z filming-photo-opportunity-ww1-remembrance-event Event: Rookwood Cemetery honours Australian war heroes at WW1 Remembrance Memorial for 1700 unofficially recognised service men and women buried at Rookwood Cemetery Date & Time: Friday, 9 November 2018 from 10am to 2pm at Rookwood Cemetery’s All Souls Chapel Interview: George Simpson, CEO, Rookwood Cemetery Overview The World War I centenary marks the completion of a four year long project for Rookwood General Cemetery, identifying and documenting the unofficial graves of servicemen and women who served in WW1 and buried in the grounds of Rookwood. The project was managed by a team of Rookwood General Cemetery staff and volunteers, who located the graves, undertook research about the individuals and their families, and cleaned or repaired the grave stones. Throughout the project, Rookwood appealed for public assistance to help identify family members of those who served during World War I and were buried at Rookwood. The project uncovered 1700 graves of Australian service men and women, with family members sharing their stories and photos. The memorial event on Friday will honour these Australians, share some of their remarkable stories and acknowledge their bravery and sacrifice. Following is an example of one of many veteran stories that will be shared at Friday’s event: Edwin Arthur Hollinworth: Grew up in Texas, Queensland Was known as the horse breaker (he owned a beautiful horse named, Starlight). Served in Cairo with Starlight, and was a classic example of the close bond between a man and his horse He died on May 25, 1936 in Coogee after demonstrating to a visitor how a bomb, that had already been detonated, would have worked (the bomb was a souvenir he brought back from the war). However, the salt in the air, combined with remnants of gun powder still in the bomb, caused an explosion which led to Edwin’s death. The WW1 Remembrance Event will include: An official ceremony (held from 10:30am to 11:30am) Video tribute Morning tea Gun-fire salute Anzac Tours Open-air museum View the full program at www.rookwoodcemetery.com.au or call 8575 8100 for further information. Population Review needs to be balanced and sensitive to community cohesion says Settlement Services International 2018-11-02T02:05:31Z population-review-needs-to-be-balanced-and-sensitive-to-community-cohesion-says-settlement-services-international-1 Settlement Services International (SSI) welcomes NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s appointment of an expert panel to develop a population policy for NSW, especially if it brings balance, fact and data on Australia’s migration program and ensures Australia’s successful multicultural social fabric and community cohesion are not undermined. The panel will consider "the current rate of population growth and infrastructure pipeline" and "how long is needed for infrastructure to catch up with population growth rates". In her announcement (link: https://www.nsw.gov.au/your-government/the-premier/media-releases-from-the-premier/nsw-launches-first-population-review/), the Premier renewed her call for net overseas migration levels to return to more sustainable Howard-era rates until a proper population policy is put in place. She said, “It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure.” A "Howard era" benchmark — when NSW's net migration averaged at 45,000 people per year under the Howard government — would require halving the current levels, which have averaged above 100,000 for the past two years. SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis said, “Discussions about levels of immigration are essential in an inclusive and democratic country like Australia, however we do not want to compromise our successful multicultural cohesion by focusing only on impacts to planning and infrastructure.” Ms Roumeliotis said while Ms Berejiklian believed, "NSW’s economic success is attracting a far greater share of total immigrant numbers than it has in the past" she also needed to acknowledge that much of that economic success could be attributed to the migrant population. She said, “Migration has clear economic and social benefits for Australia. Australia’s migration levels prevented our economy going into a technical recession after the World Financial Crisis. “The Productivity Commission Inquiry Report Migrant Intake into Australia (2016) found that with net migration at the historic average rate, GDP per person is projected to increase by some 7% relative to zero net overseas migration by 2060.” Ms Roumeliotis said there were planning pressures in any big city but “we must remember that migrants come to Australia with high levels of social and economic capital and a strong willingness to contribute and, further, have shaped modern Australia since World War II.” She said SSI supported the Productivity Commission’s recommendation that, in determining migrant intake, the Australian government should give greater consideration to the implications for planning and investment and that State and Territory governments should develop detailed infrastructure plans that are consistent with population growth. She said SSI also agreed with the Productivity Commission’s recommendations that the Australian government: develop and articulate a population policy, and calibrate the size of the annual migrant intake according to that population policy; and in determining the migration intake, give greater consideration to planning and investment in infrastructure. However, Ms Roumeliotis said, “Planning of population levels and infrastructure should involve all levels of government and other stakeholders, including industry and employer bodies, education and training providers, other service providers, academia, planners and representatives of relevant migrant and other community groups.” Settlement Services International have co-hosted the International Metropolis Conference held this week in Sydney. www.metropolis2018.org.au www.ssi.org.au NOTES TO EDITORS For more information and interviews with Violet Roumeliotis, please contact: Stephen Webb l swebb@ssi.org.au l 0488 684 163 Shergold to take an evidence-based approach to NSW population policy 2018-11-01T00:27:30Z shergold-to-take-an-evidence-based-approach-to-nsw-population-policy Western Sydney University Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold who was announced on NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian’s three-member panel to develop a NSW population policy, addressed a global delegation at the International Metropolis Conference in Sydney yesterday. When asked about his involvement in the panel he told the 700 strong audience: ''We need to take an evidence-based approach to ascertain how much of the problem is one of urban infrastructure and how much of it relates to temporary and permanent migration. ''I look forward to gathering a range of opinions and data to assist in making recommendations to the Premier,” said Professor Shergold. Premier Berejiklian announced on Wednesday that she wanted the state to return to ‘Howard-era immigration levels’, which would mean halving the state’s migrant intake, due to concerns about population expansion. “It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure," she said in a statement. The International Metropolis Conference, Sydney is the largest migration and multicultural event in the world. It continues until Friday 2 November. www.metropolis2018.org.au Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International and Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold Notes to Editors For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley I Senior Account Manager, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au 0423 624 013 Felicity Zadro I Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and subject to approval. If you would like a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at the ICC Sydney 29 October – 2 November 2018. Metropolis 2018 is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration influencers alongside academic, government, practitioner and community perspectives to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 is important as the thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector will come together to drive enterprise, innovation and social change. We will see and hear the stories of lived experience center-stage at our event, and we will encourage debate on the hard questions, whilst seeking important new solutions. Metropolis is committed to sharing the intricacies of 21st Century migration, to shape 21st Century solutions. The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities For all conference and program information www.metropolis2018.org.au Migrants blamed for infrastructure woes 2018-10-31T23:36:28Z migrants-blamed-for-infrastructure-woes Acclaimed social researcher Professor Stephen Castles says migrants are being used as scapegoats by politicians as they exploit the increased feeling of vulnerability of their constituents and frustration with infrastructure at International Metropolis Conference, held in Sydney this week. “While 28% of our population comes from overseas, it’s always been that the latest group is to blame for the problems we face on the day. “In the 50’s it was the Italians and Greeks, in the 60’s it was the Vietnamese who were blamed for crime, the drug trade and so on. Professor Castles’ message is timely as yesterday the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, announced that she wanted the state to return to ‘Howard-era immigration levels’, which would mean halving the state’s migrant intake, due to concerns about population expansion. Yesterday she appointed a three-member panel to develop a NSW population policy to take to the federal government next year. "It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure," she said in a statement. As reported in The Guardian (31 October 2018)[1], permanent arrivals in Australia are the same as the time under Howard, however net overseas migrants have been driven by students, tourists and skilled migrants. On the plight of refugees and asylum seekers Professor Castles says that while these groups get a lot of attention, in numbers they only constitute a very small part of our intake, the largest part is from skilled migration, people with permission to come here, work and stay permanently. “We have to change the perceptions that economic migration is good and persecuted migration is bad, it is terribly short-sighted. Across the world, there are 30,000 people a day who must leave their homes to seek asylum, and Australia only takes roughly 15,000 people a year. “Refugees have made a huge contribution to economy and society, and it isn’t fair not to recognise that. “Australia used to be a leader in human rights, and now we have become a leader in violating human rights. The International Metropolis Conference, Sydney is the largest migration and multicultural event in the world. It continues until Friday 2 November. www.metropolis2018.org.au -ends- Notes to Editors For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley, Account Director, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au 0423 624 013 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and are subject to approval. If you would like to apply for a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au #Metropolis2018 About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at ICC Sydney | 29 October – 2 November 2018. Metropolis 2018 is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration influencers alongside academic, government, practitioner and community perspectives to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 is important as the thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector will come together to drive enterprise, innovation and social change. We will see and hear the stories of lived experience centre-stage at our event, and we will encourage debate on the hard questions, whilst seeking important new solutions. Metropolis is committed to sharing the intricacies of 21st century migration, to shape 21st century solutions. The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities For all conference and program information www.metropolis2018.org.au [1] https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/10/gladys-berejikilian-calls-for-immigration-cut-but-it-could-cost-nsw Migrants more likely to start businesses, win Nobel Prizes, Academy awards and lodge patents 2018-10-30T04:55:55Z migrants-more-likely-to-start-businesses-win-nobel-prizes-academy-awards-and-lodge-patents World renowned expert on migration research, Professor Ian Goldin from Oxford University, revealed fresh evidence of the impact of migration for growth of economies, fiscal costs and benefits at the International Metropolis Conference, in Sydney this week. Professor Goldin’s research, conducted in conjunction with Citi, found that across the globe migrants are: 2 to 3 times more likely to start businesses 2 to 4 times more likely to start ‘unicorn’ businesses 2 to 3 times more likely to win Nobel Prizes 2 to 4 times more likely to lodge patents The report, Migration and the Economy: Economic Realities, Social Impacts and Political Choice, throws light on the growing disconnect between public perceptions of migration and the actual trends. For in many advanced economies, migration has become a toxic issue in election campaigns and political debate, however the authors’ fiscal analysis shows no evidence of the negative perceptions of the impact of migration. Migrant advocate and entrepreneur, Ms Tolu Olubunmi, said whilst the statistics paint the picture, it was the ‘stories of the seekers of truth, and the curators of change’ that make the biggest impact. “The free movement of people is not a problem to be solved, but rather a human reality to be managed. There are 244 million international migrants, 65.3 million of which have been forced from their homes, and 21 million are refugees. “Rather than trying to work out what the statistics mean, I focus on the individual lives hidden in the shadows of the numbers. I focus on the fathers and the mothers, the employers and the employees, the displaced and the determined.” As a child, Tolu was brought to the USA from Nigeria. After completing her chemical engineering degree, she discovered she didn’t have the legal status to work in her profession. This crushing blow, inspiring her to take action. “Being able to live your best life, is sometimes determined by having a certain piece of paper. I had a clear choice, to leave the fate of my life to others who were much more powerful than me, or to be part of the solution and start advocating to change the USA law.” She was the first, and only, “DREAMer” working full-time advocating for access to legal status and higher education for migrant youth in the USA. Her intuitive knowledge of effectively shifting culture, coupled with an unrelenting pursuit of the technical skills necessary to build and message movements, launched a career that took her from The National Immigration Law Centre to the Obama White House and then the world stage. Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International (SSI), conference co-chair and current Telstra Business Woman of the Year, said Australia’s conversation around migration and multiculturalism draws a sharp dichotomy. “On one hand we have generous resettlement programs, and a strong history of welcoming people, however, we’ve also had the White Australia policy and have drawn international criticism for our offshore processing program. “We live within a complex global environment, and there is no such thing as ‘business as usual’ in migration. “We have world experts, people with lived experience and policy makers together in this unique think tank here at Metropolis. We want you to come up with new ideas, be challenging and be challenged,” said Ms Roumeliotis. The International Metropolis Conference Sydney runs from Tuesday 30 October to Friday 2 November at the International Convention Centre Sydney. www.metropolis2018.org.au Tolu Olubunmi, Global Migration Advocate Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International [1] https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/publications/view/2712 Notes to Editors For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley, Account Director, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au 0423 624 013 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and are subject to approval. If you would like to apply for a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au #Metropolis2018 About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at ICC Sydney | 29 October – 2 November 2018. Metropolis 2018 is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration influencers alongside academic, government, practitioner and community perspectives to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 is important as the thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector will come together to drive enterprise, innovation and social change. We will see and hear the stories of lived experience centre-stage at our event, and we will encourage debate on the hard questions, whilst seeking important new solutions. Metropolis is committed to sharing the intricacies of 21st century migration, to shape 21st century solutions. The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities For all conference and program information www.metropolis2018.org.au World leading experts on migration available for interviews this week in Sydney – don’t miss out. Secure your interviews now. 2018-10-29T01:29:39Z world-leading-experts-on-migration-available-for-interviews-this-week-in-sydney-dont-miss-out-secure-your-interviews-now Dear Editor, Media Representative, Metropolis 2018 – the only gathering of its kind that brings together leaders and experts to discuss migration, diversity and integration is happening in Sydney this week. We have access to exceptional talent, world-leaders and thinkers in migration. Contact us now to arrange interviews for this week. Hon. Linda Burney MP is the member for Barton, one of the most multicultural areas in Australia and Aboriginal leader from the Wiradjuri people. She will talk to the Indigenous view of multiculturalism and offer candid stories from her incredible experience and public life. Professor Stephen Castles, Research Chair, Sociology, University of Sydney. Has had an illustrious career in cutting-edge migration research spanning 50 years. You can ask him pretty much anything! https://sydney.edu.au/arts/staff/profiles/stephen.castles.php George Megalogenis is a journalist, political commentator and author. He has strong opinions regarding the power of multiculturalism and has a particular interest in Population Policy. David Manicom is the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Settlement and Integration Sector at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada. David will talk about: “Inclusion in the age of Anger – Canada’s approach (and why this will work in the era of Trump Rage) Professor Ian Goldin was a World Bank Vice President and the Group’s Director of Policy, after serving as Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela. He can talk to the economic benefit of migration. https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/people/1 What: International Metropolis Conference, Sydney When: 9:00am Tuesday 30 October - 1:30pm Friday 2 November Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney, Darling Harbour Interviews are available upon request. Please email marlise@zadroagency.com.au to secure a media pass or request an on-site interview. Full Program available here: https://metropolis2018.org.au/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Metropolis-2018-Program-18-October-2018.pdf Notes to Editors Metropolis 2018 – the only gathering of its kind that brings together leaders and experts to discuss migration, diversity and integration. This year’s event is hosted by a consortium, led by Settlement Services International (SSI), in partnership with Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) and Multicultural NSW (MNSW). Global Migration in Turbulent Times The theme for this year’s Conference is Global Migration in Turbulent Times; with a focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities OUTSPOKEN IMMIGRATION ADVOCATE, UNDOCUMENTED CHILD MIGRANT OF THE USA, MS TOLU OLUBUNMI IN SYDNEY NEXT WEEK. INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE. 2018-10-25T00:29:50Z outspoken-immigration-advocate-undocumented-child-migrant-of-the-usa-ms-tolu-olubunmi-in-sydney-next-week-interviews-available Dear Editor, Media Representative, Outspoken immigration advocate and truth telling entrepreneur Ms Tolu Olubunmi, is a undocumented child migrant of the USA who does not have permanent residency who was recently appointed a special appointee to the United Nations Migration Agency, will give the key note address at the International Metropolis Conference, on Tuesday 30 October at ICC Sydney. She has served on the World Economic Forum, Global Future Council, and was named as one of 15 Women Changing the World as well as an Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur* Olubunmi will share passionately her story, her advocacy work in migration, and striving hard to get migrants and refuges the rights they deserve. She can talk to: The psychological impact on young people of living with long-term uncertainty The US District Judge’s decision to force the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)** The viewpoint of young people caught between countries and antiquated migration laws The struggle to be heard and make change Olubunmi, born in Nigeria, worked tirelessly on the 2013 U.S. Senate immigration bill, and invited to introduce President Barack Obama at the White House. In 2017, the Anti-Defamation League named her an ADL In Concert Against Hate honouree, stating that her “story is a testimony to the resilience within us all, and will give courage and hope to others who confront inhumanity and injustice.” We highly recommend you attend the key note address given by Ms Tolu Olubunmi What: International Metropolis Conference, Sydney When: 9:00am Tuesday 30 October Where: International Conference Centre, Sydney, Darling Harbour As an important media representative, we invite you to attend Tolu Olubunmi’s key note. Interviews are available upon request. Please email marlise@zadroagency.com.au to secure a media pass or request an on-site interview. * www.toluolubunmi.com ** https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/04/court-orders-trump-administration-to-fully-reinstate-daca-program.html Tolu Olubunmi with President Obama, Metropolis Sydney 2018, Tolu Olubunmi (High res images available) NOTES TO EDITORS: Metropolis 2018 – the only gathering of its kind that brings together leaders and experts to discuss migration, diversity and integration. This year’s event is hosted by a consortium, led by Settlement Services International (SSI), in partnership with Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) and Multicultural NSW (MNSW). Global Migration in Turbulent Times The theme for this year’s Conference is Global Migration in Turbulent Times; with a focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities Full Program available here: https://metropolis2018.org.au/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Metropolis-2018-Program-18-October-2018.pdf Does religion unite us or divide us? 2018-10-23T00:04:25Z does-religion-unite-us-or-divide-us-1 Media Release: 23 October 2018 With religious freedom a hot-button topic in Australia’s social and political agenda, delegates at the International Metropolis Conference, Sydney, will cast their vote in a moderated debate on whether the religious affiliations of migrants create bridges or barriers to belonging. Metropolis 2018 – to be held at ICC Sydney, 29 October to 2 November 2018 – is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration experts and practitioners to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Issues around religion loom large in discussions of migrants and integration in contemporary Australia and, indeed, across the world. Public discourse around migrants and religion commonly focus on perceived differences and barriers to pluralism. While religious affiliation can provide bonds and bridges that increase a migrant’s sense of belonging, the Pew Research Center Australia reports to have seen a continued rise in social hostilities involving religion. The vote on the topic “Religion divides us more than it unites us” will follow a robust debate including leading thinkers Jawad Syed (Lahore University, Pakistan), Peggy Levitt (Wellesley College, USA), Farida Fozdar (The University of Western Australia) and Sunil Badami (author, Australia). Dr Simon Longstaff (Executive Director of The Ethics Centre, Australia) will moderate the debate. Conference Chair, current Telstra Australian Business Women of the Year and CEO of Settlement Services International, Violet Roumeliotis, said the debate will be an engaging way to wrestle with a hard issue. “This debate will bring together both sides of the argument in a professional and entertaining way. “Delegates will experience a kind of discourse we don’t often get to see in the media and politics. This is about ideas, about people and how we live together. “I’m anticipating this debate will be one of the highlights of the Metropolis Conference, and a session not to be missed”, said Ms Roumeliotis. The Debate: Religion divides us more than it unites us, will be held on Friday 2 November 2018 at the International Metropolis Conference, Sydney. More information: www.metropolis2018.org.au -ends- Notes to Editors Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and are subject to approval. If you would like to apply for a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley, Account Director, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 Images and logos can be downloaded from here. About the Event Metropolis 2018 – the only gathering of its kind that brings together leaders and experts to discuss migration, diversity and integration. The International Metropolis Conference will be held at ICC Sydney | 29 October – 2 November 2018. The world’s brightest academic, government and community leaders and practitioners will gather for a week of learning, discussion and debate on migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis will be an intellectually challenging, culturally rewarding opportunity to network and explore the latest thinking and practices in migration policy, research and programs. This year’s event is hosted by a consortium, led by Settlement Services International (SSI), in partnership with Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) and Multicultural NSW (MNSW). The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2017. Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities To view the program: www.metropolis2018.org.au/program/ For all conference information www.metropolis2018.org.au/ The Mexican wall and pushing back boats – do deterrence policies work? 2018-10-08T23:14:20Z the-mexican-wall-and-pushing-back-boats-do-deterrence-policies-work Media Release: 8 September 2018 The Mexican wall and pushing back boats – do deterrence policies work? World experts gather to debate the role of detention and deterrence in migration policy at global conference in Sydney Leading human rights campaigner Gloria Careaga, Professor and Researcher, University National Autonomous of Mexico (UNAM) says that despite cruel and radical policies being implemented by some nations, they are not deterring refugees and migration; only leading to significant increases in persecution, deportation and death. “When looking at the psycho-social impact of Donald Trump’s Mexican Wall deterrence policy on both the American and Mexican psyches, Ms Careaga says the policy did not have the US Governments’ expected effect. “Despite the intensification in the persecution and deportation of people, Mexicans and Central Americans continue to follow the ‘American Dream’. “At the same time, the tightening of migration policy has claimed more lives and caused more xenophobia in some sectors of the US, and rejection in others” Ms Careaga said. Professor Gloria Careaga and Dr Franck Dϋvell will be discussing the role of detention and deterrence in migration policy at this year’s Metropolis International Conference being held in Sydney from 29 October to 2 November. Dr Franck Dϋvell, Associate Professor, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford and German Centre for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM), says the Italian Government’s way of dealing with migration pressures is reminiscent of similar responses which are also known as 'left to die' policies and subsequently abandoned. While Italy has moved to more brutal rejection policies, it has pushed greater responsibilities and pressure onto countries like Greece and Spain who are continuing to rescue boat people. However, this is fraught with danger as demonstrated by the Mediterranean crossing death rate quintupling since 2015 to 2.2%1, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. “In Italy we are seeing a return of such brutal policies, other countries build fences, close transit camps, and even shoot at migrants and refugees. “It is a paradox that large-scale arrivals of refugees and migrants as seen in 2015 and 2016 have actually ended, whereas policies become more and more radical. This tells us that there is a strong populist driver at play. “Movements are being diverted to other countries, notably from Morocco to Spain, departures from Turkey have also recently increased again. “Migration is largely driven by conditions in the sending countries and if these don't improve, migration is not and will never go away; people will simply find other ways, routes or destinations to move to. “Instead of the deterrence policies, a different approach could include providing legal migration channels for refugees and labour migrants; this could result in very different and positive outcomes,” concluded Dr Dϋvell. Gloria Careaga and Dr Franck Dϋvell will be joined by local and international researchers, policy makers, practitioners and community voices to debate the role of detention and deterrence in migration policy at the International Metropolis Conference, the only global conference to focus on migration, diversity and integration. The International Metropolis Conference will provide a unique platform for leaders and experts to debate, discuss and critique policy approaches, practice and research in relation to migration, diversity and integration; at a time when migration and its place in the body politic is at a critical inflection point. The International Metropolis Conference 2018 will be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney: 29 October – 2 November 2018. More information: www.metropolis2018.org.au 1 Per 1,000 arrivals -ends- Notes to Editors Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and are subject to approval. If you would like to apply for a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley, Senior Account Manager, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 Images and logos can be downloaded from here. Images Gloria Careaga, Professor and Researcher, University National Autonomous of Mexico (UNAM), Faculty of Psychology Dr Franck Dϋvell, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and University of Oxford, UK About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at ICC Sydney | 29 October – 2 November 2018. The world’s brightest academic, government and community leaders and practitioners will gather for a week of learning, discussion and debate on migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis will be an intellectually challenging, culturally rewarding opportunity to network and explore the latest thinking and practices in migration policy, research and programs. Metropolis 2018 – the only gathering of its kind that brings together leaders and experts to discuss migration, diversity and integration. This year’s event is hosted by a consortium, led by Settlement Services International (SSI), in partnership with Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) and Multicultural NSW (MNSW). The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2017. Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities To view the program at a glance: https://metropolis2018.org.au/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Metropolis-2018-Program-26-September-2018.pdf For all conference information www.metropolis2018.org.au What are the economic benefits of migration? Issue to be debated at international conference in Sydney 2018-09-09T23:30:31Z what-are-the-economic-benefits-of-migration-issue-to-be-debated-at-international-conference-in-sydney The thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector from around the world will gather in Sydney in October to drive enterprise, innovation and social change at the International Metropolis Conference, the only international event to focus on migration, diversity and integration. A hot topic will be the relationship between business, employment and migration policies. Among an array of global thinkers and agitators fuelling debates on migration will be General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow; Chief Executive of Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), Innes Willox; and University of Technology Sydney Professor Jock Collins. Leading labour rights campaigner and reformer Sharan Burrow will talk about the contributions of migrants, often overlooked in geopolitical relations, that have underpinned significant industry growth all over the world. Ms Burrow says migrants make significant economic contributions due to their capacity to adapt, often inspired by wanting a better life. According to research from the International Organisation for Migration, migrants make up 3.5% of the world’s population, yet contribute 9% to global wealth, measured in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) terms. Innes Willox, head of the Ai Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors, and Chair of the Migration Council of Australia, will join a panel to discuss the benefits and downsides of temporary labour migration to destination countries like Australia. Leading researcher Professor Jock Collins will explore start-ups and small enterprises and ways to accelerate the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of migrants and refugees to help them achieve strong social and economic integration. Prof. Collins will be joined by other experts in migration, diversity and integration from the UK, Belgium, USA, Canada and Australia, who will debate the latest research, challenges and successes from across the globe. Metropolis 2018 is hosted by Telstra Business Woman of the Year, Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International, the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Multicultural NSW. Ms Roumeliotis said Metropolis 2018 will provide an invaluable platform to educate and disseminate the accurate data of business and migration in the 21st century. “Greater geographic mobility of workers, resulting from increased globalisation of investment, production and distribution is transforming societies and economies. “Our line-up of local and international speakers for the Enterprise, Innovation and Employment session will explore contemporary migration policies, global contracting chains, rapidly changing global business models, and how migrants can negotiate long-held notions of labour market segmentation to create new perceptions of what is possible. “Attendees will see the emerging opportunities for business, the public sector and trade unions to play a stronger role in integration and how the benefits of migration can be maximised for social and economic gains,” Ms Roumeliotis said. The International Metropolis Conference 2018 will be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney: 29 October – 2 November 2018. www.metropolis2018.org.au Notes to Editors For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley, Senior Account Manager, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au 02 9212 7867 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au 02 9212 7867 Images and logos can be downloaded from here Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and are subject to approval. If you would like to apply for a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au #Metropolis2018 Images Sharan Burrow, Secretary-General, International Trade Union Confederation, Belgium Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group and Chair, Migration Council of Australia Professor Jock Collins, University of Technology (UTS) Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at ICC Sydney | 29 October – 2 November 2018. Metropolis 2018 is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration influencers alongside academic, government, practitioner and community perspectives to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 is important as the thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector will come together to drive enterprise, innovation and social change. We will see and hear the stories of lived experience centre-stage at our event, and we will encourage debate on the hard questions, whilst seeking important new solutions. Metropolis is committed to sharing the intricacies of 21st century migration, to shape 21st century solutions. The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities For all conference and program information www.metropolis2018.org.au #Metropolis2018 New thinking around migration top of the agenda at global event 2018-07-05T01:38:30Z new-thinking-around-migration-top-of-the-agenda-at-global-event Leading thinkers and agitators in migration, diversity and integration will debate the latest research, challenges and successes from across the globe, when international and national academics, practitioners and community representatives converge in Sydney this October. Metropolis 2018, hosted by Telstra Business Woman of the Year, Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International, the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Multicultural NSW, have curated an exceptional line-up of world-leading local and international speakers to uncover and inspire debate on global migration practices and policies. Now in its 23rd year, Metropolis returns to Australia’s shores after 11 years, and will attract 1,000 people from over 30 countries to drive new thinking, enterprise, innovation and policy in migration. Far from a talk-fest, the event will feature speakers who have been invited to ‘kick-start new thinking in migration, diversity and integration research, practice and policy’. Violet Roumeliotis said this year’s event is about bringing community members, business people, academics and practitioners, together to enable us all to gain new insights and generate solutions to complex issues. “We have an exceptional line-up of international speakers from around the world, together with those with lived experience centre-stage at Metropolis 2018. This is key to creating a long-lasting legacy from this event. “Our Australian experience and knowledge will also be showcased; internationally, our unique multicultural model is lauded, and Metropolis 2018 is our chance to reveal our experiences to the world. “This is an important key-differentiator as we aim to inspire and agitate debate on what we want for the future of our communities. We need all perspectives impacted by these issues at the table to do this. “The conversations at Metropolis 2018, will centre on enterprise, employment, mobility, diversity and equality – conversations we need to have,” said Ms Roumeliotis. Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development, author of Is the Planet Full? and one-time Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela, Professor Ian Goldin will present a global overview of the economic significance of migrants. World Economic Forum’s Migration Council member and USA for IOM Board of Directors member, Ms Tolu Olubunmi, herself a Dreamer (an undocumented child migrant), will discuss the political voice of migrants in a digital world, and their influence on political, policy and public discourse. They will be joined by award-winning author and Distinguished Professor of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School, USA Dr. Nancy DiTomaso, who will address how business and migration in the 21st Century intersect. “We need new thinking on migration, and what better way to get fresh ideas to an old challenge, than putting the best minds together under the Australian sky,” continued Ms Roumeliotis. “We welcome the entire migration community to Sydney in October. We have important work to do.” The International Metropolis Conference Sydney will be held at the ICC Sydney: 29 October – 2 November 2018 www.metropolis2018.org.au -ends- Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly: First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages 2017-02-09T22:25:43Z aussie-app-dotalk-breaks-down-language-barriers-instantly-first-free-messaging-app-provides-real-time-and-accurate-translation-of-up-to-90-languages Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly  First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages  Sydney, Australia – February 10, 2017 – DoTalk, the first free, instant, voice- activated translation chat app has officially launched today. Invented locally in Cairns, Australia, DoTalk breaks down all barriers to communication, with the ability to rapidly translate chats in words and voice, in up to 90 different languages. Created with accessibility in mind, DoTalk is available across all iOS and Android Smartphones and any Internet connected devices.   DoTalk’s proprietary technology enables users to simultaneously engage in cross-language communications easily and more accurately than any other messaging app available, with six different translation APIs and speech recognition tools combining to provide the most accurate translations possible.   Users have the option to message either via text or a ‘hold & talk’ microphone, and can also conduct group chat with up to 10 people in multiple languages in real time. The interface is intuitive, with inviting contacts and adding language and accent being a simple process.   “Our goal with DoTalk was to create a free, fun and easy-to-use app which provides an open forum for people to easily connect and communicate, regardless of language barriers or location and without delay,” says Aussie founder, Reno Nicastro.   “With applications across everyday life, from business to travel, dating and everything in between, now nothing will be lost in translation. We live in a truly global economy so DoTalk has benefits for absolutely everyone.”   “Whether you are travelling, booking a cab or hotel overseas, want to communicate with international relatives, someone exotic you’ve met online, as the modern-day pen pal, or you just want to learn another language – DoTalk is the tool to connect you to people regardless of where they are or what language they speak.”   The language industry is big business, with the worldwide language services market growing at an annual rate of 5.52% according to The Common Sense Advisory, 2016 Report. The size of the overall global language industry in 2016 was estimated at $40 Billion (USD), with estimates of up to $45 Billion by 2020.    Already trialled extensively in beta testing, DoTalk has registered users from a wide range of countries and languages, with English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French and Indonesian proving the most commonly used in the app.   Nicastro and his team are focused on continuous development within the app, and will utilise user feedback to add more features and functionality over time that will further enable broader industry applications including regional/global conference calls, customer service, education, media and customer engagement.   “As the market continues on a growth trajectory, we believe we have assembled an exceptional team and that we have the best messaging app platform in the market. We are currently working on DoTalk Premium applications that will run with the current DoTalk Realtime Translation Technology Engine, and "DoTalk Team" for Business. DoTalk Premium will break down language barriers by providing real-time communications tools to get the job done.”   “As a nation of travellers and world-beaters in business, it is only appropriate then that this app was conceived in Australia, and believe DoTalk will only further facilitate our ability to take on the world!”, Nicastro added.  Features DoTalk provides a fully integrated chat app service that includes the following features:   Real time translation of 90 different languages through the app or Internet enabled device Instant voice translation for 50+ languages Voice to text dictation Group chat including simultaneous translation in conference Private messaging Send and receive files Search and add friends 256 Bit encryption/MP4 file storage Instant sync across devices  Images and availability Please download images from the following link: DoTalk images. DoTalk can be accessed via web at DoTalk or downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.   For more information and interview opportunities, please contact:   Rebecca Blasina                                                     David Wolf Closer Communications                                          Closer Communicationsrebecca@closer.com.au                                         david@closer.com.au 0420 805 567                                                          0411 111 787  About DoTalk One world. One Language. Chat to anyone, anytime, anywhere, in 90 languages. DoTalk changes communication around the globe by removing the language barrier and allowing you to chat and translate your messages in real-time. DoTalk can also be used as an ordinary chat between friends in the same language. Sami Yusuf, Britain’s biggest singer in the Middle East, announces first New Zealand concert 2016-05-19T00:30:28Z sami-yusuf-britain-s-biggest-singer-in-the-middle-east-announces-first-new-zealand-concert This July, experience Sami Yusuf’s unique voice firsthand when the UK’s biggest star in the Middle East takes the stage in Auckland.   Immerse yourself in the world of “Spiritique” as the founder of the genre, Sami Yusuf, graces Auckland’s Town Hall with peace and harmony on Sunday 10 July 2016. With tickets starting from only NZ$65, this is the best opportunity for New Zealand fans to personally experience Yusuf’s inspiring music.   The Guardian recognised Yusuf as Britain’s biggest star in the Middle East who has sold 34 million albums to date and is distinguished worldwide for the celebrated concerts of harmony he performs. His Auckland show will be no different.   In the current global atmosphere of conflict and turmoil, Yusuf's message of peace and harmony is timely and much needed.   Appointed by the United Nations as both the World’s Global Ambassador Against Hunger and the promoter of World peace and harmony, Yusuf is by no means your typical British celebrity. The brilliant singer is also well renowned for his astounding talent as a composer, producer and instrumentalist. The transcendent message of traditional music speaks for the core of Yusuf’s passions. He strongly believes that the world’s traditions are expressions of the same ultimate truth. Music for him is an expression of divine love and the love of all the great traditions. Speaking of his very first Australian and New Zealand tour, the London based singer cannot conceal his excitement. “I do know that both Australia and New Zealand are unbelievably beautiful, and the people are accepting, kind and hospitable. Also, the aboriginal culture has always been an object of fascination for me. I’m keen and eager to learn more about the two countries,” said Sami Yusuf.   One of Yusuf’s largest live concerts was in Istanbul where he performed to over 250,000 people and also composed and arranged music for the film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Havthan”.   Auckland fans will see Yusuf perform at Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall on July 10 at 8pm. Ticket prices start from only NZ$65.     SAMI YUSUF is appearing at:-  Auckland, Sunday 10th July 2016 at the Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall Tickets available through Ticketmaster: http://bit.ly/1ThvWco     MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Laura Heslop, Yvonne Kong or Amanda Fry E: laura@holysmokeagency.com; yvonne@holysmoke.com or amanda@holysmokeagency.com P: +61 407 078 407 Multi-arts Women’s Day event first for Gold Coast 2016-02-25T20:38:59Z multi-arts-women-s-day-event-first-for-gold-coast A LARGE group of inspiring south-east Queensland artists and musicians will come together to celebrate the inaugural ‘Advanced Women = Advanced Society’ International Women’s Day (IWD) event in Isle of Capri on March 13. The free event from 11am to 4pm will combine a Womanhood art exhibition by 14 visual artists, gypsy dancing, live music, speakers, market and food stalls and a ‘She Says…’ calendar in the first event of its kind on the Gold Coast. Sponsored by the Queensland Government, as part of the inaugural Queensland Women’s Week from March 7 to 13, it is the start of what is planned to be an annual event. It is the brain-child of Nasrin Vaziri, co-ordinator of the multi-arts group GC MAGIC, which has delivered 10 major projects on the Gold Coast since it started in 2000. Among them was the book, CD and video project Lullabies in 2012, which was translated into 24 languages; Undulating – a book about migrant seniors on the Gold Coast, in 2008 and the Children of War book in 2013, about people who had survived war in their childhood. The ‘She Says…’ calendar will feature 12 successful local women including visual artist Sara Irannejad, fashion designer Kimya Mianji, First Nations artist Glennys Briggs, author Diane Demetre, wildlife fashion designer Ro London, violinist Rojan Ashtari, sociologist and community worker Nasrin Vaziri, photojournalist/ Animal Action events founder Aldwyn Altuney, community worker Momo Hirano, empowering women’s coach Michelle Patterson, Two’s Company founder Tracey Korman  and jewellery designer Maria Byrne. The artists in the Womanhood exhibition include Sue Pearson, Tarlan Ghasemi, Helen Holms, Linda Murray, Hengameh Shamlou, Louisa Liussi and Atousa Salehi. Live performances will be happening throughout the event, including Middle Eastern and Spanish inspired dance and music, flamenco, country music and Bollywood dance and story telling. Mrs Vaziri said IWD was a time when people globally celebrated the strength of women and borders were broken down among nations. “It is a day when we all come together to celebrate women – their strength, courage, power and leadership,” Mrs Vaziri said. “What we have on the Gold Coast is a sample of who we are and how strong we are as women and what we have contributed to society, families, business and the community.” IWD is celebrated globally on March 8 however events and activities will be held across Queensland for a whole week to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. The theme for Queensland Women’s Week is: “Good for her. Great for us. When women achieve, Queensland succeeds.” It celebrates women’s achievements and acknowledges that supporting and enabling women to take advantage of opportunities to succeed is good for everyone in Queensland. The ‘Advanced Women = Advanced Society’ IWD event will be held at One Arts, corner of Via Roma and Verona Avenue, Isle of Capri on March 13 from 11am to 4pm. Entry is free. For more details, call Nasrin on 0434 932 537 or visit www.gcmagic.org.au