Playing Like a Girl #winning

Am pleased to be supporting the obvious passion, via pathways through the 'Multicultural Women In Sport', inaugural launch. Multicultural Women in Sport is an organisation that is working towards the increasing participation of multicultural women in sports for empowerment, well-being The panellists for the event are: Margot Foster AM: Lawyer, Olympian, Chairman – Vicsport, Board Member – Olympians Club of Victoria, Committee Member – Women of the MCC; former director VicHealth, Australian Sports Commission, Gymnastics [...]

March 23rd, 2017|

The ISCV- Welcome Relief

Tonight I had the pleasure of attending the Islamic Shia Council of Victoria (ISCV) inaugural 'Meet & Greet Dinner'. The ISCV is home to over 50 Shi’a organisations across Victoria whose role is to represent the Shi’a community and be the point of contact between the government, the media and other NFP organisations for the state of Victoria. The theme for the evening was "unity" and as such hundreds of guests representing intra and interfaith [...]

February 24th, 2017|

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|

When Ordinary People are Extraordinary Heroes

Today, as a Board Director of Ambulance Victoria, I was delighted to attend their annual 17th Community Hero Awards at #QueensHall, Parliament in Melbourne.   Following a beautiful welcome to country from Aunty Di, openings from The Hon. Jill Hennessy, Minister for Health and AV CEO,Tony Walker, award/medals for community heroism were bestowed.  In all 18 recipients as young as 10 years old were honoured. This moving ceremony exemplified our community and paramedic heroes, acknowledged [...]

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|

Standing Together to Respect All Women

The Standing Together #1800RESPECT launch was rolled out today in Melbourne. With 16 leaders from across the country speaking to why this initiative mattered- it was a promising sign. Delighted to see Rosie Batty, Jimmy Bartel (ex-Geelong FC), Children's Commissioner Megan Mitchell, Ahmed Fahour (Aus Post), Georgie Harman (Beyond Blue),Antoinette Braybrook (AFVLS) and others. I was asked to speak to the issue of CALD communities accessing this service-and why their voices should not be silenced [...]

November 21st, 2016|

Because Truth is Stranger than Fiction: why diverse stories matter

Speaking to high school students from across Melbourne about my writing in 'Coming of Age: Growing Muslim in Australia' along with Osamah Sami, author of 'Good Muslim Boy' at the @melbwritersfest.  Superbly moderated by the brilliant Angela Savage. We shared the impetus behind our diverse stories, sharing vignettes from childhood and hopes for the future. Shattering stereotypes appeared to be a deliberate and incidental reality for both of us. Also fielded some impressive questions from the [...]

August 30th, 2016|

Exhibit E(migrate)

Tonight I joined a small group of alumni, friends and staff of La Trobe University for the Melbourne launch of Exhibit E(migrate); a celebration of the Australian emigrant story.    As a university that celebrates diversity and social inclusion, La Trobe’s Exhibit E(migrate) highlights the unique cultural and intellectual contribution made by both the artists and the emigrant. This series launch is part of the University’s showcasing of works from their own collection. The La [...]

August 22nd, 2016|

Maticevski Courts Dark Elegance

Attended the launch of 'Dark Wonderlands'- an exhibition showcasing the couture masterpieces of Australian design icon, Toni Maticevski at the #BendigoArtGallery last night, following Day 2 of the Bendigo Writers Festival. I can say with certainty, I've not attended such a couture laden event of this calibre in MY LIFE. Nor have I ever felt so underdressed, out of place and intrigued all at the same time!! From the liquorice macaroons to the guests swanning [...]

August 14th, 2016|

Heaven to Heaven in Melbourne 

Last night saw the launch of 'Heaven to Heaven' - an exhibition held at Kinross Arts Centre in partnership with the @islamicmuseumaustralia. This event comprised a spectacular collection of photography capturing the raw pathos of the Arbaeen, by photographer Tom Toby of @wildfireimages as well as a compelling documentary by director, Sayyad Hamid Mostaja. This documentary is scheduled to feature on the ABC in the near future.  As Curator of the IMA, I was invited [...]

August 11th, 2016|