Populism versus Principle in the Humanitarian stakes

Tonight I was a guest on ABC's The Drum, providing commentary on the Syrian refugee crisis and Australia's government response in the last 24 hours. In summary, the racialised response to a humanitarian crisis was noted, as was the political expediency of proposed TPV's, without regard for the associated trauma these affect to already persecuted people. Let's wait and see what transpires following a compassionate response from Europe that is heartening beyond belief #realtalk #represent [...]

September 7th, 2015|

Ramadaning with Stubbsy

What a hilarious and generous host, discussing all things Ramadan with afternoon host @RichardLStubbs on ABC Radio. From the five pillars, fasting etiquette, charity and spiritual resetting , we covered much ground. Podcast coming soon!Edit

June 18th, 2015|

A Lense on Gender: Women in Media

On the set of 'The F-Word' at Channel 31. A robust discussion of media representation of women with co panelists Naomi Chainey, Dana Alexander, Van Badham and Matt Rosner.We managed to cover the disproportionate percentage of females on screen and behind the scenes, cultural hegemony defining the status quo, the white male gaze,as well as the notable exceptions in tv and film that have celebrated strong female protagonists. Did you know:In 2013, women comprised 6% of [...]

June 17th, 2015|

Angel Time

This morning's Kochie's Angels banter contended with a mix of the serious and sartorial. Holding my own and having fun on the set of #KochiesAngels with Jane Caro and AnneSaunders we discussed child neglect, then stylists in the suburbs. A five minute whirlwind of ideas!    #dontadjustthetele #yesitstechnicolour #channel7 #sunrise7

June 11th, 2015|

Countering Hate, ABC Sunday Night Radio, with John Cleary

This week Austraila’s response to Islamic radicalism has been in the news, from threats of  passport cancellation, to new ministerial appointments. On Sunday Night we ask a panel drawn from Australia’s muslim community for their views on the issues and possible ways forward. Other participants will be: Tasneem Chopra, Cross Cultural Consultant (Melbourne) Imam Afroz Ali, The Seekers Hub (Sydney)                     Sheikh Wesam Shakawi, Abu Hanifa centre (Sydney) Kuranda Seyitt, Islamic Council of Victoria.

June 1st, 2015|

Reactive Fatigue

As media callouts invariably commence, I'm reminded yet again how my appearances have almost always been reactive, following hostile developments locally and abroad. This is frustrating on so many levels. When communities are continually under siege to explain, condemn and disassociate themselves from atrocities they have no link to, there's a tendency to view them only within that paradigm; reactive. In fact we are a diverse, accomplished, strong and capable entity who continue to thrive [...]

December 15th, 2014|

Far From Home, documentary film debut

I was delighted to be one of 12 Australian Muslims selected for a documentary 'Far From Home'. A Saudi Arabian TV station commissioned NZ filmmaker Lisa Savage to document Muslim diaspora stories of those living in the West. Shot on location in my home, Southbank, Lentil As Anything, the Islamic Museum of Australia and Sydney Road, this proved to be a comfortable opportunity to impart my personal and professional persona including snippets of my fused [...]

November 4th, 2014|

Q and A: Team Australia, Terror and Tinderboxes

On Monday I was invited to be a panellist on ABC's Q&A, live from Deakin Edge, at Federation Square in Melbourne. The session theme was, 'Team Australia, Terror and Tinderboxes'.. Panellists were Gareth Evans, Former Australian Foreign Minister; Paul Kelly, Editor-at-large The Australian; Elizabeth Pisani, Author and Indonesia commentator; Ali Alizadeh, Iranian-Australian author and myself, Tasneem Chopra, author and Chair, Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights. The program traversed anticipated topics of the likelihood [...]

August 25th, 2014|

Interview with Radio Australia on February 11th, 2014

conversation with Detroit based photographer,  Langston Hues, discussing the 'Modest Street Fashion' project and the 'Faith Fashion Fusion' exhibition. This interview was broadcast across Asia pacific. Audio Click here to download in MP3

March 17th, 2014|

Keynote at International Women’s Day

Tasneem will be Presenting as a Keynote Speaker for Hume City Council's International Women's Day event on March 5th 2014, speaking to the issue of 'Inspiring Change" Read article from Northern Weekly, Melbourne 25 Feb 2014

March 5th, 2014|