Women from a range of cultural backgrounds gathered in Shepparton for a Friendship Cafe event this week.
Mr Atukorala said the cafe sessions allowed the women to meet others, participate in group activities and develop life skills.
The 11th session on Tuesday morning provided more than 40 young women with the opportunity to learn from two guest speakers.
GOTAFE career adviser Narelle Lowe and Shepparton’s La Trobe University campus marketing and engagement adviser Kristina Marko discussed educational and employment pathways at the Friendship Cafe event.
Friendship Cafes are funded through the Victorian Government’s Department of Justice and Regulation.