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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 19 March 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 19 MARCH 2016 9 NEWS Labor targets LGBTI discrimination Victoria’s first LGBTI multicultural grants program will support those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds In a bid to reduce discrimination faced by LGBTI Victorians from culturally diverse backgrounds, this week the Labor government introduced a new grants program. Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, joined Minister for Equality Martin Foley, Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Rowena Allen and chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission Helen Kapalos on Tuesday to announce the allocation of $500,000 over a four-year period. "We will not tolerate any form of discrimination," said Mr Scott. "Strong communities value and celebrate a range of differences - this is what makes Victoria such a welcoming and diverse place to live." According to statistics, individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex experience higher levels of anxiety, depression and significantly higher rates of suicide, which Mr Scott emphasised is predominantly caused by marginalisation and discrimination. The grants will help to educate and support LGBTI communities and organisations in their quest for creating a more inclusive, safe and open environment for all. The Gender and Sexuality Commissioner said this would be a "step towards achieving a level playing field for all Victorians". "I'm confident this extra funding and support will help to eradicate the marginalisation and discrimination of LGBTI people," said Ms Allen. Mr Foley said that all people were entitled to equality, respect and fairness, adding that "we need to ensure that all Victorians have access to safe and inclusive education, employment opportunities and the health and support services they need". The grants will be managed through the Community Harmony Grant and Capacity Building and Participation programs, which also opened this week. Viva Victoria’s Multicultural Festival! The major event of Cultural Diversity Week will take place tomorrow at Federation Square This year's Cultural Diversity Week is set to go out with a bang tomorrow, as Melbourne's Federation Square hosts Victoria's Multicultural Festival. Formerly known as Viva Victoria, the free event is bound to attract hundreds of people in a celebration of the state's multicultural identity. The family-friendly festival will feature more than 30 live dance and music acts, performing across four stages. The festival will take place from noon to 8.00 pm and will feature a pop-up market with arts and crafts around the world. As per usual, the festival will also be a force of attraction for foodies, showcasing a wide range of international cuisine. Organised by the Victorian Multicultural Commisision, the festival is the highlight of Cultural Diversity Week, which was officially launched on Saturday night by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews at the Premier's Gala Dinner, at the Melbourne Convention Centre. The gala was deemed immensely successful, welcoming over 1,400 guests from more than 30 different countries, representing around 35 multicultural and multi-faith groups. Greek National Day to be celebrated on Thursday The Hellenic RSL Australia in Melbourne has issued an open invitation for all to attend the annual wreath-laying ceremony in memory and honour of the Greek heroes of the war of Independence. As this year the Greek National Day coincides with Good Friday, when the Shrine of Remembrance is closed, the ceremony is scheduled to take place on Thursday 24 March. The annual event traditionally begins with a doxology, which this year is also postponed due to Catholic Easter. Those interested in attending should be at the Australian Hellenic Memorial (cnr Birdwood and Anzac Avenue, at the Domain Gardens) before noon for the wreath laying that will take place at noon. Another wreath laying will take place at 1.00 pm at the Shrine of Remembrance, followed by a reception at the Hellenic RSL Sub Branch Memorial Hall (14A Ferrars Place, South Melbourne). Featuring performances from some of the state's most acclaimed multicultural music and dance acts, from African drums to a capella vocal harmony singers and Bollywood dancers, the event was a glorious celebration of Victoria's unique cultural advantage, being a rich, diverse community comprised of more than 260 languages and 135 religions. Speakers at the event included the chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Helen Kapalos, the Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews MP, the Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott MP and Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy MP, who all expressed their enduring support for Victoria's multicultural communities and the state's diversity. The celebration went on in the following days, with hundreds of events around the state, as a wide array of ethnic community organisations made sure to participate, embracing this year's overarching theme - ‘Together we stand in harmony’. Apart from the conclusion to Cultural Diversity Week, Victoria's Multicultural Festival will also coincide with United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March. Premier Daniel Andrews and Helen Kapalos, chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, sporting traditional wreaths at the Premier’s Gala Dinner that launched the Cultural Diversity Week. Age-old traditions blended with the modern cultural identities at the Premier’s Gala Dinner. AHEPA Youth at the Premier’s Gala Dinner Cultural Diversity Week was officially launched by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Saturday 12 March at the Premiers' Gala Dinner. The night was a great start to the week-long event, with some 35 multicultural groups in attendance, including representatives from the AHEPA Youth chapter. Also present were Victoria's Multicultural Commissioner Helen Kapalos, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Inga Peulich, and Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy, among others. AHEPA Youth members with Victoria’s Multicultural Commissioner Helen Kapalos and Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Inga Peulich at the Premier’s Gala Dinner.
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