AMES Australia, in partnership with Parks Victoria, held an International Women's Day Welcome Walk at Lysterfield Park, Melbourne's south east recently.
The walk, led by a woman ranger from Parks Victoria, saw a group of AMES Australia and PV staff, multicultural volunteers and clients brave rain and chilly weather to complete the short trek.
Also on the walk were AMES CEO Cath Scarth and the former Minister for Multicultural Affairs and current Parks Victoria Chair John Pandazopolous.
The walk was part of an ongoing relationship between AMES Australia and Parks Victoria aimed at facilitating greater access to Victoria's parks for people from multicultural communities.
Cath said the event was a great success despite the weather.
“Everyone enjoyed it; and it was a great opportunity to meet people and enjoy one of Melbourne's amazing parks,' she said.
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.
This year, the theme of International Women's Day is 'choose to challenge'.
“A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day," the IWD organisers say in a statement.
“We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world," they say.