Refugees from around the globe joined together in a successful cultural fashion show at Swansea’s Grand Theatre.
The Swansea Women’s Asylum Seekers and Refugee Support Group showed off a series of traditional costumes at the first annual event.
Labour Cllr Alyson Pugh, Cabinet member For better Communities, said she was delighted to have been invited and was amazed by the evening involving women from countries such as of Iran, Iraq, Sudan and China.
“I was just delighted to be invited and I was wowed by the event,” she said.
“Not only was it impressive through the costumes and some of the food that was brought to the event but it was also very educational.
“This was a group of women who can support each other after coming through some very difficult and at times dangerous situations.
“They have been through a lot and we as a city of sanctuary should be proud to support them.”
Dr Jeni Williams, who helped to organise the event, said: “A huge amount of effort and collaboration went into the evening and I felt so proud of the group.
“People talk about integration so much but I think the women’s group not only tries its hardest to integrate into the local community, but also to work together across different ethnic and religious boundaries.
“We are very used to this mixing in Swansea and do not realise how unusual it is until you take into account other groups in England.
“I think in very large population centres vulnerable groups can bind together in ethnically defined/language defined groups. But it is one of the things I’m most proud of with the group – we are incredibly mixed. In this and in the way that we try always to work with other organisations, I really feel we are special.”