Open Support was delighted to celebrate International Womens Day 2024 at an evening reception and we thank our wonderful supporters who joined us to make this event a success.  

The theme this year was ‘Inspire Inclusion’ which very much aligns with our ethos and purpose of supporting women and children fleeing domestic and family abuse and people experiencing social isolation and loneliness. Issues that can affect anyone from any postcode. 

Our amazing guest speaker was Saman Shad

Saman is a writer, editor, journalist and teller of stories. Much of her work is inspired by her experiences as a ‘third culture kid’, growing up and living in Pakistan, the Middle East, the UK and Australia. Her writing credits span mediums, including radio scriptwriting for the BBC in the UK and the ABC in Australia, and playwriting, with works commissioned by theatres in London and Sydney. She regularly writes for several publications, including The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald and SBS. She has also worked on-screen projects, including developing the feature film One of Us with funding from Screen Australia. Her debut novel ‘The Matchmaker’, is out now published through Penguin Australia. Saman is a proud mum of three children and lives with them and her husband in Sydney. Saman’s storytelling of her family’s and her own personal experiences held us captive with her humour, wisdom and empathy. We thank you Saman!  

Special thanks also to our friends at Escala Partners, for providing the venue in their gorgeous reception area – thank you!