As we face increased restrictions again in Melbourne, we reflect on our recent Eid celebration which brought together over 30 women and their children. This celebration takes place across the world and is an important date in Muslim calendar marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. After a month of fasting, prayer and self-reflection, Eid al-Fitr is a time to come together with family and friends, share food, play games and exchange gifts.  

To celebrate, inSpire hosted a community celebration providing women and their children who have experienced family violence an opportunity to enjoy the festive season. Families from over 10 countries were represented, and entertained with circus activities, henna art, an Ethiopian coffee ceremony and of course a delicious Persian-inspired meal. 

“It was wonderful meeting and seeing people in person…it’s so important to get together, socialise and have some therapy for isolation” – Eid Celebration Participant 

“It’s so nice to meet people from different cultures, and helps us to be more open-minded and to learn about different cultures and celebrate with each other. It makes me feel blessed and thankful for my culture, beliefs and celebrations’”– Eid Celebration Participant 

We know that experiences of violence can lead many women and their children to feel isolated and alone, and with the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, this can be felt even more acutely. To learn more about the work we do to support women to rebuild their lives after family violence, see here 

inSpire’s programs are community-funded, and we rely on people like you to continue this work. If you can, help us to support women and their children by making a tax-deductible donation today. Every dollar helps women to live their lives, their way.