AMWCHR: Many ChangeMakers, One Table

Congratulations to the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights (AMWCHR) for another successful AGM to end 2017. Seeing this particular organisation flourish from an initial concept, conceived of by a handful of concerned women, meeting informally to find ways to assist a community in crisis, over 25 years ago - into a Centre today with 17 staff members, servicing local, national and international agendas, is a personal thrill.  I want to commend its team [...]

2017-12-16T08:30:03+00:00 December 15th, 2017|

16 Days of Activism to Set the Tone for All Days

For the ‘16 Days of Activism’ as part of the UN International Day for the a Elimination of Violence Against Women, I look delivered a keynote for the City Of Kingston  & #WHISE on ‘Islam & Promoting Gender Equality & Respect’, as it relates to Gender Based Violence (GBV).  My session was followed by four panellists presenting issues ranging from cultural and religious misconceptions enabling GBV, through to personal and community led responses to eliminating [...]

2017-12-09T10:56:16+00:00 December 8th, 2017|

Finding Faith in Conflict

Attending the ‘Faith-Based Governance Dispute Resolution Conference at Victoria University. Morning session was ‘Between Religion & Democracy: How can religious law fit within a secular legal system? Speakers included a Jewish and Anglican professor.  Mid-morning session looked at a panel on ‘Conciliating Cultures: Family Dispute Resolution in faith based communities’ - hearing Muslim, Jewish and Indigenous community perspectives.  Afternoon session:Religion & Respectful Relationships: Family violence prevention in faith based communities’, examining broader legal implications and the [...]

2017-12-06T02:08:19+00:00 December 6th, 2017|

Highly Commended Heroes

At the 2017 VicHealth Awards, acknowledging the significant achievements of individuals and organisations across the State, championing award winning health initiatives. Particularly excited for #AmbulanceVic for being a finalist in the #ImprovingMentalWellBeing category for their ‘Mental Health & Well Being Strategy 2016-2019’- who took out a ‘Highly Commended’ placing in this category!!Absolutely proud of this world class organisation delivering excellence in patient care and workforce wellbeing.

2017-12-05T22:58:52+00:00 December 5th, 2017|

Lenticular Dwellings & Diasporas: People & Places

At ‘Lenticular Dwelling’ - a fascinating lecture by Professor Ghassan Hage. As part of the ADI Symposium: "Aesthetic Anxiety or Performative Subjectivity: National narratives encountering migrant architecture"  In summary- this examined how who were are and where we live, and where we’ve been, and want to be- collectively impact how we live.   The Diasporic Condition is Hage’s upcoming book, analysing 20 years of fieldwork of the Lebanese people, between Lebanon, Venezuela, Brazil, US ,Montreal and [...]

2017-11-30T11:56:50+00:00 November 16th, 2017|

Black Lives Matter making inroads in Australian Activism 

These are some of the highlights from today’s event during which participants had an opportunity to meet with the#BlackLivesMatter* founders and share experiences and learnings from their fight for racial equality.  This event enabled people of colour, young and old, to hold conversations about how to build a movement and fortify power together.  Experiences included: Sharing stories of oppression & survival A panel featuring First Nation Leaders Art & performances Meeting colleagues involved in creating [...]

2017-11-30T05:48:22+00:00 November 4th, 2017|

50 Years of Structural  Racism in Australia- Are we Learning from or Losing the battle?

Superb keynote from Fed Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Southpommasane, at Alfred Deakin Institute Conference on ‘50 Year’s of naming institutional racism: realising racial equity or intensifying injustices?’ He deftly conveyed how structural racism as a banal form of discrimination is often implied without malice, unaware of the power paradigms which fuel its existence. Further analysis ensued on being colourblind & identity politics and how these issues entrench the experience of structural racism at the [...]

2017-11-30T05:33:07+00:00 November 1st, 2017|

A Panel for all Reasons

Courtesy of Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Seniors, Victoria:“Honoured to have shared the stage today with Australia’s leading voices on race, gender, sexuality, disability and LGBTIQ rights at the 2017 ACOSS National Conference. Understanding how different types of discrimination - ageism, sexism, racism, ableism - interact is crucial for achieving true diversity and inclusion. Thank you Jax Jacki Brown-Disability and Queer Rights Activist, Professor Muriel Bamblett, Tasneem Chopra, Starlady and Ro Allen (via video!) for a [...]

2017-10-25T04:23:02+00:00 October 25th, 2017|

Making Inroads into Strategic Change

Today I delivered a keynote address to an inaugural VIcRoadsLeadership Forum.  I discussed the moral and fiscal imperatives of culturally diverse strategies of inclusion in management, upon a context of systemic discrimination impacting minorities.  I may or may not have opened with my roadworthy tweet* (see what I did there): “Why stay in your lane when real change occurs off road, and you can re write the rules?”  *TO RAPTUROUS APPLAUSE  #diversityandinclusion #blueprint #tasneemchopra #crossculturalconsultant [...]

2017-10-24T05:58:14+00:00 October 24th, 2017|

A Diverse Emergency

Today I had the opportunity to deliver a keynote address to the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, before a cohort of Emergency Medicine physicians. I spoke to the issue of Diversity in Leadership, as a productivity and moral imperative in a climate of increased cultural diversity in Australia, as well as national benchmarks and gender gap realities. I also emphasised the distinction between knowledge gained as medical CONTENT (of skill), versus knowledge gained as prevailing [...]

2017-10-18T01:23:16+00:00 October 15th, 2017|