The Indian Womens Association of Australia with the support of the Victorian Multicultural Association celebrated International Women’s day on 29 March 2014 at Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne, Victoria. The chief guest of the ceremony was Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services), Hon Elizabeth Miller MP (State member for Bentleigh), Ms Manika Jain, Consulate General of India in Melbourne, Commander Sue Clarke of Victorian Police, Hon Danielle Green MP (State Labor member for Yan Yean) & Mr and Mrs Judeja (President of women association).
The objective of the Indian Womens Association of Australia is to bring together Indian Women (from all parts of the world) in Australia and to achieve, instil, nurture and develop the intellectual, professional and cultural resources of its members through active participation in community events and through liaising with other professional bodies.
Founder member Reena Koak says: “Being an Indo- Australian woman is a privilege – the work I do to empower women and girls in the Indo-Australian community has opened my eyes to the opportunities available to women in NSW. My motto is to celebrate womanhood and make young women step out of their comfort zone and express themselves.”
Sydneysider Reena was also nominated in the category for women successful in their career. Reena has a Masters in business administration as well as a Masters in Information Technology. Reena works as an IT professional with a leading financial institution. She is a single mother and has been active in promoting the interests of women in the Indian community.
Reena is also the founder of Miss India Australia Corporation, the organiser of the beauty pageant MISS INDIA AU-Touch the Soul and MRS INDIA AU-Touch the Soul platform (www.missindiaau.com.au).
Recently Reena also appeared on ABC in a conversation with Dr Rachael Kohn (Producer/Presenter for ABC) on Hinduism in Australia.