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Resilience Under Fire

I presented a keynote today at the 'Resilient Women' forum in Darebin for the Darebin City Council.  The purpose was to give context to the lived experience of Islamophobia afflicting Australian Muslim women, knowing with whom culpability for this violence lies and what steps individuals and organisations can take to end racism.  Congratulations Faten& April for coordinating today's event, attended by a cross section of community and service providers.  Much of the impetus for this [...]

2017-09-12T07:07:02+00:00 September 12th, 2017|

What is Humanitarianism?

Just presented at the Swinburne University 'Youth Humanitarian Festival' on 'What is humanitarianism' (answer: core respect, compassion and inclusivity- among other responsibilities). Great questions from the floor, too.  Congratulations to the planning committee for this undertaking.  It was especially wonderful returning to the Uni campus I graduated from (Bachelors degree)- coming full circle, in a sense. I was amazed at how much the landscape has transformed! And veryexcited to discover a 'TC' Building - small [...]

2017-09-09T03:51:14+00:00 September 9th, 2017|

Diverse Leaders: Learning, Leaning & Leaping in Bounds

Presented a keynote this perfect Melbourne winter morning at the Young Sri Lankan Professionals Network- to the topic 'Diversity & Inclusion'. I shared both personal and professional perspectives on how and why progress in this sphere matters, as a POC in 2017.  The aptitude of this young and visionary cohort was so encouraging. Their interest, uptake and passion to support one another towards a more success future is to be commended. Kudos to YSLP President, [...]

2017-09-20T13:58:11+00:00 August 20th, 2017|

The Foley Effect

It's rare these days to be genuinely challenged in new ways about the historic extent of this country's racist culpability. But tonight , Prof. Gary Foley, Historian & renown Aboriginal activist, did precisely this at the Second Annual Mandela Lecture, speaking to 'Nelson Mandela & the Aboriginal Political Resistance'. He deftly recounted systemic racist structures at play since federation, relegating Aboriginals to indentured sub human standards. The White Australia aspiration of many a PM was [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:23+00:00 July 7th, 2017|

Combatting the Ummm Factor, Like a Pro

The Mumtaza Network today held the   first of its Masterclass Series: Public Speaking Like a Pro. This was a day-long workshop hosted by co-Founder and CEO of the Mumtaza Network, Yassmin Abdel-Magied.The    session aimed to equip participants  with the skills to be the most powerful advocate for their message. I presented on the aspect of speech delivery, or, combatting the 'Ummmm factor'. Talking pace, pitch and presence- I endeavoured to arm attendees with [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:24+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

Islamophobia… please explain?

Today I participated in a frank conversation with fellow activist Sakdiyah Ma’ruf from Jakarta, on the topic "Islamophobia... please explain?" for a student conference at the University of Melbourne.  Sakdiyah and I talked through our experiences of living through political and personal challenges in this social climate.  The University of Melbourne MD Student Conference conference brings together all 1400 students within the Melbourne Medical School, aiming to explore facets of medicine outside the standard curriculum [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:24+00:00 June 26th, 2017|

Courting Cultural Competence

Today I facilitated a session on 'Cultural Sensitivity in the Courtroom' for the Judicial Council of Victoria today. With a combined group of Judges, Justices and Magistrates from across theState, this was a stimulating workshop examining: how to be alert to the potential impact of culture in a proceeding; how to better identify when and how culture may be relevant to a proceeding; and, to learn practical tips for managing cultural issues.  This session involved [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:24+00:00 June 16th, 2017|

Debating our Moral Citizenship Compass

Fascinating day shooting a documentary for ABC's Compass program  on what defines citizenship and how do you measure belonging, in "Team Australia", scheduled to air in July.  A diverse panel and strong opinions informed views, resulting in a revamp of a citizenship test based on 'citizen contributions'. Thanks Neer, Pete, Kumi, Dee, Paul,Jacinta and all the amazing Compass crew for this opportunity.  #makesocialchange #makechangehappen #makeanoise #makeitloud #endxenophobia

2017-08-29T12:43:24+00:00 June 5th, 2017|

Pressing Change

Meeting the executive team of the Australian Press Council. We discussed the perils of bias experienced via Islamaphobic reportage and the impact in particular to the wellbeing of young Australian Muslims. Am grateful for the candid conversations and look forwarded to exchanging knowledge and expertise towards making change happen. The complaints and adjudication departments of the APC are largely unknown to minority communities and therefore, under utilised. My hope is that with diverse media outlets [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:25+00:00 May 18th, 2017|

Integrating Disruption One Panel at a Time #HRAFF

Moderating these fine looking disrupters and agitators for a panel discussing "Building Communities: Immigration& Integration" for the Human Rights & Arts Film Festival at ACMI, Federation Square today.  Panellists included Bobuq Sayed, Marion Le, Thanh Hang Pham & Santilla Chingaipe. In under an hour we covered the definition of 'home', negotiating belonging, flawed settlement services for refugees, failed leadership to govern with moral responsibility, media culpability in demonising minorities, structural racism, Indigenous people's dispossession and [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:25+00:00 May 13th, 2017|