Writing Violence, Writing Change

Today I participated in the Feminist Writers Festival Panel, ‘Writing Violence, Writing Change’. My co-panelists included crime writer, Tara Moss and academic, Jess Gleason. We spoke to many issues concerning how writing about violence can effect systemic change, the challenges writers face and where to next? It was a robust conversation, moderated by Jess, also incorporating audience questions. Points raised concerned culpability of Writers in a #metoo era, media, reportage, activist/writer burnout and self care.  [...]

2018-05-26T23:54:40+00:00 May 26th, 2018|

Disrupting the Joint- Artfully

Enjoyed a fabulous evening tonight dissecting the the pathways to ‘Inclusive Workplaces for Better Organisational Outcomes’, run by Deakin University Arts Management. This was a conversation focused on diversifying organisational practice and audience engagement- both sorely lacking across the arts sector in this country. Sonia Lindsay, leading expert on culture and change and former Executive Director HR at Arts Centre Melbourne delivered a powerful keynote.  Panel members included: Tasneem Chopra (author, consultant and curator), Shona [...]

2018-04-24T10:39:06+00:00 April 24th, 2018|

Speed Dating for Gender Equality 

Getting my UNAA (United Nations Assoc. Of Australia, Victorian Division), Empowerment & Education: Speed Date Mentoring Event, on. Just rolls around off the tongue, hey 😏! As one of twelve mentors, I had the opportunity to meet numerous women aspiring to be part of a solution that position women’s agency and access to education as central to combating economic, cultural, political and environmental violence. Big goals. Bigger hope #unaa #melbourne #deakinuni #sdgGOALS #moversandshakers

2018-04-18T10:11:30+00:00 April 18th, 2018|

Penalties & Purpose

Tonight in Canberra at The #TuggeranongArtsCentre, I participated in a panel called ‘Penalties & Purpose’, as part of the centre’s ‘The Human Condition’ program.  The program comprises several projects that explore themes from ‘Another Day in Paradise’- a major exhibition by artist Myuran Sukumaran, who along with Andrew Chan and Van Nguyen faced the death penalty in Indonesia.  My panel discussion was facilitated by former ABC correspondent Ginny Stein, who covered the reintroduction of the [...]

2018-03-25T10:33:30+00:00 March 24th, 2018|

Lived Experiences Shaping Diversity

This morning I participated in a candid session of storytelling, as part of the harmony week celebrations held by SE Water in Frankston. The ‘Lived Experiences’ discussions included four co-panellists; Sebastian, Mazia, Jeremy, Dawn and myself. We each shared our experiences of migration, inclusion and at times, exclusion. I want to commend the HR team at SE water, and Majella in particular, for embracing this honest and unconventional yet simple method of providing a platform [...]

2018-03-20T08:12:46+00:00 March 20th, 2018|

Pressing for Progress 

Today I participated in an International Women’s Day event with Women’s Health in the West, exploring themes of’ Press for Progress’ and the UN Women theme of ‘Leave no Woman Behind’. I was joined by writer and activist, Kristine Ziwica and Dr Robyn Gregory.  We reflected on "how the #metoo and #timesup movements have demonstrated the widespread prevalence of sexual harassment in recent months.. sharing insights and perspectives on where we go from here, and how [...]

2018-03-07T00:23:56+00:00 March 7th, 2018|

Women’s Agency: An Australian Muslim Context

In Sydney this week for the two day symposium on ‘The Agency of Muslim Women in the Australian Context’. The breadth of topics covered included: Muslim Women & Leadership; Spirituality & Scholarship; Dealing with Challenges & Islamophobia; Muslim Women, Representation & Agency; New Spaces- Agency & Muslim Women; Facilitating Agency; Family Law; and Identity & Agency.  I presented on the topic of ‘The Toxicity of Hyper-Masculinity & Abuse of Power in Leadership’. I  highlighted the [...]

2018-02-22T07:36:20+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|

Colonising Human Rights- an American Analysis

This weekend  I presented at in London for the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) @ihrcgallery in Euston.  The Conference was called: The New Colonialism – The American Model of Human Rights, 2018 Speakers and presentations comprised of- Panel 1: Saeid Reza Ameli: American Human Rights Exceptionalism or American Human Destruction: Cultural and Physically Genocide of "Others" - Either You are With US or You Don’t Have Rights of Life  Mary Ryan: The Kerner Commission and [...]

2018-02-24T23:59:08+00:00 February 9th, 2018|

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|