LEARNING about other cultures and integrating the community is the aim of the newly-formed Women’s Hub.
The brainchild of a group of four friends, it is hoped it will become a place where women can come and relax while also learning about the world in which we live.
The women – Mariani Coombes, Lamyaa Khamlichi, Savi Jayaweera and Liz Rahman – held the hub’s first event at the end of last month. It was a fashion show at the Maybridge Keystone Centre in Raleigh Way, Goring, at which more than 120 women turned up. The hub’s next focus is to find a permanent base in central Worthing so it can be a place for women to attend seven days a week.
Mariani, 53, said: “Our objective is to bring women of all races, backgrounds and religions together socially so they can integrate, break down prejudices, connect, learn and grow. This is for women in Worthing and the surrounding areas.
“We hope to have talks, film screenings, counselling sessions, cultural dancing and just a general place for women to come together and connect and grow.
“Also, women are the first point of contact for their children, and if they grow up in a home where their mother has a wide knowledge of other cultures, they are more likely to grow up to be more tolerant of others. It’s setting a good example for future generations.”
The four women have a varied cultural heritage, which they believe is a good building block for the hub’s future. Mariani is Malaysian. Lamyaa is of Moroccan heritage, Savi is of Senegalese descent, while Liz is English and married to a Malaysian man.
Mariani, who lives in Bognor Regis, said: “Being Malaysian, I come from a society where we are multi-cultural. We never saw race and religion, we were just all the same and we had a good time.
“Bringing this kind of perspective to Worthing is the aim of the Women’s Hub.”
For more information about the hub, contact Mariani on 07531 397979.