Women Arts and Activism Episode 1 featuring festival branding and small photos of speakers Julie and Wemi

Stories from women of Chinese-Taiwanese, French-Canadian, Greek-Cypriot, Indian-Malaysian, Italian, Maltese, Nigerian, and Sri Lankan heritage reveal historical events that made a big impact on their life before, and after, coming to Australia.

Published in pairs for each episode titled ‘Women, Art and Activism’, these podcasts are a true example of social inclusion within cultural diversity.

Episode 1: Wemi Oyekanmi and Julie Pagonis

Wemi arrived in Australia from Nigeria in 1991 as a 33 year old mother of three young children. She holds a bachelor degree in sociology, a postgraduate diploma in education, and a Masters in Economics from Leeds University, UK.

Julie Pagonis was born at sea on a migrant ship called Junmouriet en route to Australia from Cyprus in 1955. Following in her father's footsteps, she has worked as a union activist since the 1970s.

Listeners are advised that this episode discusses grief and loss. Please reach out if you need support, by contacting Lifeline on 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au, or Griefline on 1300 845 745 or griefline.org.au, or contact your state-based service.

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