Honoured to partake in a panel today at the Women of the World festival. #WOWmelb  About WOW: This year, FCAC will partner with London’s Southbank Centre to bring the Women of the World Festival (WOW) to Melbourne between Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 March. As Footscray and FCAC are home to many international communities with both local and global contexts, WOW Melbourne will mirror this diversity in all of its intersections across themes, challenges and [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:27+00:00 March 24th, 2017|

Lessons in Disruption

This morning I spoke to the Year 10 cohort of Lauriston Girls School about the power of disrupting systems that stifle expression- through art, media and politics. I played them LukaLesson's #PleaseResistme clip- to great reception ?? A switched on class, whose engagement was so encouraging. On days like this, given the questions and content I'm sharing, it only reinforces my disdain for the role hateful propaganda plays in poisoning opinions.  The need to be constantly [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:27+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|

What Does it Mean to Belong?

Toight at Kensington Town Hall, I hosted an event for the City of Melbourne's #melbourneconversations series on 'What does it mean to belong?' My fellow Agent-Provacateurs were Melbourne icon, Arnold Zable and the amazing Zione Walker-Nthenda.  Delivering some seriously introspective banter and the odd eyebrow raiser on this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, this event considered if Melbourne is a great multicultural city, why does not everyone feel included or safe? We [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:27+00:00 March 21st, 2017|

Talking Diversity & Dianella

For Dianella Health's Harmony Day Celebration at Hume Global Learning Centre in Craigieburn, I was delighted to delivers a keynote address. On this UN International Day for the Elimination of Racism, I called out privilege and systems of governance that aren't representative and gave a shout out to the culturally diverse trailblazers in our midst who are central to effecting change.  There were also numerous artists including the Sankalana Cultural Dance Academy performing a stunning [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:27+00:00 March 21st, 2017|

‘Speaking Your Mind or Toeing the Line’- a Keynote with kick

Kicked off Cultural Diversity week with a keynote address for the University of Melbourne Arts celebrations. I spoke to the topic of 'Speaking your mind or Toeing the line'- examining the importance of speaking and acting in defence of cultural diversity.  Thank you UniMel for this opportunity to headline a week of truly thought provoking and entertaining events. Get to it if you can!#culturaldiversityweek2017 #tasneemchopra #crossculturalconsultant #endracism #endislamophobia #endmisogyny

2017-08-29T12:43:27+00:00 March 20th, 2017|

IMA Gala 2017- Celebrating Bonuses!

Congratulations to the Islamic Museum of Australia for their Gala Dinner  tonight. Thrilled with announcements of further funding as well as newly appointed Board Directors in Huss Moustapha from Commonwealth Bank, and Immigration Museum's Padmini Sebastian- stellar additions! Looking forward to seeing the reach of the IMA extend well into the next decade, creating positive change and enriching Australia's multicultural identity.  Congrats Ash & team!

2017-08-29T12:43:27+00:00 March 19th, 2017|

Bold & the Bendigo

Tonight I participated in the La Trobe University Bold Thinking Series posing the question: Bendigo - What is the vision for a free and cosmopolitan city of the future? In a world post Brexit and Trump, how has international politics played out in Bendigo, and more importantly, what is the role of community leaders and individuals to create a vibrant, sustainable and multicultural city of the future? For this first Bold Thinking Series lecture of [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:27+00:00 March 16th, 2017|

National Press Address- with Punch

Today I attended the National Press Club where Sen. Richard DiNatale , leader of the The Greens, made his first address since the election.  He canvassed issues of: A free and independent media Curtailing right wing and neoliberal ideology  Ending influence of big business and corporations as political party donors  Removing stamp duty The future of work, housing affordability, tax Working smarter not looking longer More flexible work hours The broken system that governs us [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:28+00:00 March 15th, 2017|

Testing Justice in Bold Ways

 "From a well being perspective, intersectionality of race, religion, gender and mental health is critical to public health because it 'embraces rather than avoids the complexities that are essential to understanding social inequities' which in turn manifest in health inequities. Indeed, acknowledging WHO we are, affects HOW we are. Further, Intersectionality of feminism and how this translates to the representation of diversity in leadership– or lack thereof, leaves a massive inequality gap in society" This [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:32+00:00 March 10th, 2017|

TEDx Face of Tomorrow 

The calibre of my co-speakers at  tonights TEDx PaduaCollege, was exceptional. Georgia, Amelia, Bastian & Tim each brought personal insight and pathos to topics that affected them personally. From promoting critical thinking, consent & empathy, inclusivity of gendered identity and the onus of global citizenry- they had it covered well. Underlying themes of responsibility and making social change connected us all, as I spoke to structural racism and the individual cost. Congratulations Padua College for [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:34+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|