Hear from some amazing women from around the world who now call Darwin home. This recent Darwin Community Arts project showcases five stories of inspiring and courageous women who migrated to Australia, studied at Charles Darwin University and established their lives and careers in the Northern Territory.
The project was initiated by Creative Producer Silpi Dhungana Pant and filmed by her husband, Nitesh Raj Pant, who is currently studying Tourism at CDU. Within two days of publishing on social media, it reached more than 10,000 views globally.
'My Story' is the video documentary based on the life story of courageous, independent and inspiring women of our community here in Northern Territory.
The women who shared their stories
Jaya Srinivas, originally from India, migrated with her family to Australia in the early 90s. Jaya studied across three continents, completing several degrees and diplomas in Political Science, Education and Business, and has recently completed her second Master’s degree. The CDU graduate and proud mother is now spreading her passion for education as the Executive Assistant Principal at The Essington School, Darwin.
Jane Alia was born in a refugee camp in Uganda to parents from South Sudan. When Jane arrived in Australia as a teenager, she heartily embraced every opportunity to get involved in a local community. She is a passionate ambassador for youth, women and a great representative for people from multicultural backgrounds. Jane is now a fully qualified dental assistant and studying a Bachelor of Nursing at CDU.
Dr Marilou Capati (pictured left) had studied and trained for fifteen years to establish her career as a cardiologist in the Philippines before moving to Australia and settling in Darwin. She currently works as a General Practitioner at Top End Medical Centre.
Madhu Shrestha is a passionate business entrepreneur. Originally from Nepal, Madhu has two sons and had carved a strong career in child care before joining her oldest son to pursue their passion for business. The inspirational CDU Business alumnus now runs two restaurants in Darwin with her son.
Mahongo Fumbelo (pictured in the middle with documentary makers Silpi and Nitesh) established her career in journalism in Zambia and worked for United Nations in East Timor during country’s tumultuous 1999 crisis period. Mahongo is now a mother of two and remains passionate about helping others. Since arriving in Darwin, she has worked in human resources before starting her own business as a certified coach and public speaker. She is currently a Short Course facilitator at CDU and helps to deliver a program for VET students.