Shared celebration and awareness

To celebrate Cultural Diversity Week, we spoke to Keshala De Silva, a member of RANZCOG’s Consumer Network Working Group.


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

17 August 2023

Which country or countries represent your cultural background? What is your connection to those countries?

I refer to myself as Sri Lankan and Australian: one is my mother country where I was born and the other one is where I grew up. Both have shaped my identity and who I am.

How does your culture influence your regular day-to-day life?

Sri Lankans are community-focused, and we grew up with adopted aunts and uncles from different cultures and religions, supporting each other through life. This is a big part of my drive and focus to improve the communities that I am part of.

What is it you value most about your culture? And why is cultural diversity important to you?

The bringing together of people and empowering of community, is a value that I have grown to realise is important to me.

Having experienced the benefits of cultural diversity, I hope that through the bringing together of people from diverse backgrounds, we can all grow to appreciate and be aware of the many ways of being.”

This, I believe, is where cultural diversity really comes into play, through a shared celebration and awareness that diversity brings and provides, we can build culturally responsive environments.



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