A Greener Approach 

Today was an opportunity for myself as Chair of the Board and our amazing team at the Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights to meet with Greens Senator Richard DiNatale. We discussed Islamophobia, the 18C repeal, political will to progress diversity and other issues impacting Muslim women in this climate.  Grateful for the candid conversation and our planned submission to their Enquiry into Multiculturalism in 2017. Plenty of work to be done here, stemming [...]

December 6th, 2016|

Driving Justice for Women

As part of the sixteen days of Activism to End Violence Against Women & Children , I watched 'Driving with Selvi' for the Human Rights Film Festival (HRAFF). Following this I participated in a post screening panel with representatives from Macauley Family Services and Plan International's 'Because I'm A Girl' campaign. We reviewed the importance of structural solutions to addressing misogynistic culture, starting with education (eg Respectful Relationships) to structural reform from government funding welfare, [...]

December 1st, 2016|

The Mitigating Risks in #RIOSC

Attended the Research Institute on social cohesion(RIOSC) Forum discussion on 'Government,academics and community organisations: what are the challenges of working together?'  Panelists include : Prof Gary Bouma, Monash Uni  Prof Fethi Mansouri, Deakin  Prod Michele Grossman, Vic uni Cohesive ,resilience  Subjects raised include: Risk, racial discrimination,  Legislation of bigotry among others.  The Insularity of academia in owning what is an essentially grassroots lived reality must be dismantled if we are to get meaningful change.  Navigating [...]

December 1st, 2016|

Shout Out -Sistah Girl, Jackie

What an honour to witness tributes to the AMAZING Jackie Huggins AM at a #Breakthrough pre-conference tonight. This accomplished Indigenous  leader, activist, author (Sistah Girl)and human rights advocate has lived an example of being the change she seeks to make. Diligent, fiesty, compassionate and authentic - her body of work is testimony to the Indigenous  movement in this country that works hard to represent the First Nation's people. She is Co-Chair of the National Congress [...]

November 24th, 2016|

25 Years of Feminism in 25 Minutes … Challenge accepted 

Coloured girls in arms tonight at the #womenshealthinthenorth AGM, alongside Intisaar and Adrianna, of team WHIN. Celebrating their 25years of operations- congrats LADIES !! I delivered a keynote about 25 years of feminism focusing on CALD women's voices, highlighting wins and losses on the way and how the future looks (spoiler: cautiously optimistic;).  It has certainly been a week of celebrating powerhouses as we rage against the machine #endracism #endmisogyny #endviolenceagainstwomen #makeanoise #trailblaze #tasneemchopra #crossculturalconsultant 

October 27th, 2016|

Feminism, Multiculturalism & Art After Hours

An amazing evening at the @artgalleryofnsw for the 'Art After Hours' program. Tonight I had the privilege of sharing a space with the inimitable Candy Royalle and the brilliant Sara Sal. Speaking to issues of identity, feminism, imperialism, racism, structural violence and the power of Art in all of this - they conveyed this via a poignant spoken word piece from Sara- and a powerful speech from Candy. She left the audience stunned with a [...]

October 26th, 2016|

The Right to Remain Silenced?

Tonight I had the pleasure of hosting a panel discussion, 'The Right to Remain Muslim'. This was the first public forum of its kind held in Melbourne's SE region to examine the impact of Islamophobia and strategies for resilience. Speakers included academic, Dr Yassir Morsi, Psychologist, Monique Toohey and Mohamed Hersi (Islamophobia Watch).  With a room full of locals passionate about addressing this issue, it was evident by the numerous questions posed to the presenters [...]

October 15th, 2016|

Yas, As & Tas: Feminism Real Talk

Faaaaabulous session this evening at @latrobeuni 'She's the First' event where the amazing Aseel Sammak interviewed both myself and Yassmine Abdul Magied on 'Islam & Feminism'.  Some easy and unforgiving banter covering intersectional racism and hijabs to playboy interviews and development gigs in Africa. Not bad for an hours conversation!  #makeanoise #makeitloud #dontstop #turbanchics #endislamophobia #endracism

October 14th, 2016|

The WOW Factor!

The Wow Factor: this was the graphics report from a session of workshops I presented to Monash Business School's Leading with Diversity conference. My sessions dealt specifically with 'Cultural Diversity & Inclusion in Leadership' examining how attitudes, behaviour and conversation impact cultural competence.  I was completely stoked to see the outcomes of my workshop so deftly captured in this vivid recording by Jessamy Gee; amazing talent that put life into ideas  #makeanoise #makeitcount #blueprint #culturalcompetence [...]

October 14th, 2016|

Women, the Future & Joining the Dots

I was delighted to participate in a  ‘WOMEN OF THE FUTURE’ NETWORKING EVENT run by Women of Crown Management. This event examined 'Who are the Women of the Future?' bringing  together three of Australian women, led by Andrea Clarke, to discuss the future for women today and tomorrow, whilst exploring the evolving values relevant to the next generation of leaders.  The aim was to inspire and energise the women of the future and create a [...]

October 13th, 2016|