Media Release by Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

Way In Network Gala Charity Ball

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, today celebrated International Women’s Day at the Way In Network gala ball in Sydney to raise funds for the prevention of gynaecological cancers.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells, who has special responsibility for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services, said it was fitting the event be held on International Women’s Day.

“International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women across the globe and encourages advocacy for women’s advancement.

“This year’s theme–inspiring change–fits in so perfectly with what the Way In Network does and represents. From Indigenous youth programs and children’s hospitals to disaster recovery appeals, such as bushfires in NSW and earthquakes in China and Haiti, the Way In Network has helped thousands of people.

“Starting with a handful of women more than 20 years ago, the Network has grown to raising more than $2 million for numerous charities and tonight’s fundraising for the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation is another very worthwhile cause.”

Senator Fierravanti-Wells said another important aspect of the work of the Way In Network was helping women migrating from Asia, no matter their heritage or profession, find a sense of belonging in Australian society.

“Coming to a new country can be daunting, but the Way In Network provides a safe and welcoming circle to help women settle in to their new life,” Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.

“They form a strong part of our wonderfully diverse and multicultural nation.

“The Australian Government is committed to maintaining Australia as a safe and prosperous nation–one that continues to enjoy a high level of social cohesion based on respect for one another’s human rights, the law and our shared values.

“The Way In Network is a very good example of these values and I congratulate all of its members on their achievements over the past 20 years.”