Settlement Services International hosted a range of activities for its ‘inclusive International Women's Day’.
ABOUT 200 men and women took part in an inclusive International Women's Day event hosted by Settlement Services International (SSI) at the Auburn Centre for Community.
SSI community engagement manager Trina Soulos said gender equality was not just an issue for women.
"Including fathers, husbands and sons in community celebrations like this, is just one of the ways we can fight stereotypes and create more positive change for women," she said.
The event included a range of performances, gardening workshops and art demonstrations, along with craft, henna designs and a pampering corner with nail art, hair styling and make up.
A lunch was also prepared by sisters Sharon and Carol Salloum who run the Almond Bar restaurant and was supported by SSI staff and volunteers.
Asylum seeker Iman, who attended the event with her family, also displayed artworks she has created over the five years she has been living in Australia.
"I used to just paint animals, now I just paint women. In my country, women are oppressed, so now I paint women enjoying freedom," she said.
"Freedom is dancing. Freedom is wearing what you want."