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Providing a safe and inclusive group for young Indian women and children has always been a
priority for Asma Razzak.
The founder and president of the Indian Squad Women’s Association will be able to continue that
focus now that she has been successful in receiving a share in Council’s Youth Week Small Grants
The Indian Squad Women’s Association is one of the six organisations that will share in more than
“I will never be able to tell you what this means to the group. The reason my friends and I started the
squad was because we didn’t think there was an Indian cultural group in the area,” Ms Razzak said.
“Ever since we began a couple of years ago, we can see more people coming to the group because
it’s a way to connect and be included in the community.”
In the past, the group have held various programs, some of which have included hosting family
workshops, martial arts classes and swimming lessons.
This year, the funding from the Youth Week Small Grants Program will go towards holding a Henna
“We want to engage with young women by running a henna workshop, and we want to incorporate
exotic dancing lessons with cultural costumes too,” Ms Razzak said.
“It’s important that we maintain the traditions of our culture and celebrate them in our community,
and pass on our knowledge to the younger generations.”
Administrator, Richard Colley, said Council was proud to assist a variety of youth groups and
organisations through the Youth Week Small Grants Program.
“Our goal in offering this program is to support local events, workshops and activities that target the engagement of young people in a fun and enjoyable way. I look forward to the many highlights that
we are bound to see throughout Youth Week this year,” Mr Colley said.
A variety of activities will be held throughout Youth Week, which will take place from Friday 31
March until Sunday 9 April. A congratulatory morning tea will be held at Canterbury-Bankstown
Council’s Campsie office on Monday 30 January at 10.30am.
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