Inverness Networking Event

International Women’s Day provided the perfect excuse for hosting a MAUK event in Scotland, in March. And the Fijian women and community in Inverness did not disappoint.


The success of this event lies in the way we interact with the women present, through humility and empathy at the heart of our delivery. Our impact is very effective in a meaningful way, when the space is informal and safe. 


There were 3 MAUK Committee members who comfortably facilitated the morning session, introducing MAUK, it’s vision and past and present projects including our personal stories.


We encouraged the participants to share their own dreams or personal goals as an individual activity, following from the Our Shared Shelf Bookclub book review on The Awakened Woman. 


There was also the popular Tree of Life activity which was lively and fun. Participants were encouraged to take turns in delivering their group work, increasing confidence and cohesion.


The Spoken Word activity is becoming a feature in our sessions, as we feel that every moment calls for a reminder that our words have power over life. And we should always speak life, words of affirmation at any given opportunity.

Suli delivered this session in a new way, sharing an inspiring Ted talk from Cleo Wade.


The afternoon session was facilitated by the organising committee. There were 2 icebreakers that increased group cohesion. The panellist session covered areas that were significant to the community, covering resettlement, career changes and separation from children due to immigration policies. 


The session ended with the announcement of the Scotland rep. It was a unanimous decision, Luisa Matty was the chosen member. Obviously highly regarded by her community to take on the role of MAUK Committee member. 


On a final note:


There is no denying that the Highlands of Scotland boasts some of the most stunning views in the UK. And a hike was organised to take in this natural beauty on Friday 6 March. The weather complemented the amazing views and provided a challenging but ‘once in a lifetime’ experience of the infamous Lochness scenery.


We thank the wonderful ladies for hosting a beautiful event and also the movie night on Friday 6 March to view the premier of Military Wives and also a dinner on Saturday 7 March. 


A full but exhilarating programme.


Vinaka 

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