Cumbria Multicultural Women’s Network brings together women of diverse cultures now living in Cumbria, for the purpose of acknowledging and celebrating individual heritage and traditions, sharing unique and collective experience, and nurturing skills and confidence; thus enhancing abilities to integrate with local community and pursue new opportunities.

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Members and guests gathered to celebrate International Women's Day 2011

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Members in Cartmel Priory for an event of the Heartstone Project 2009

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BBC radio play writing - Members working on an on-going project

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In Translation project; Members take part in public discussion at Manchester Art Gallery 2012

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CMWN Kendal:Members welcome visitors to Adult Learner's Week Kendal Library 2009
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Members talk with partner group in Ottowa, March 8 2011

History: A Stream To A River

The Cumbria Multicultural Women's Network was founded in 2004 by Donika Celina Begaj, a Kosovar-Albanian by origin, who was evacuated to the UK in the spring of 1999 when the war escalated in her home country of Kosovo.

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Donika was seven months pregnant when she was airlifted to Ulverston in South Cumbria with her husband and a group of fellow Albanians.

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