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Judging the ‘Weight of the World’

As part of Refugee Week across the Nation, I was delighted to be a guest judge at their inaugural youth art exhibition, 'Weight of the World', curated by Hotham Mission.  It was a vital and insightful event which celebrated youth, diversity, community, social justice, mental health and inclusion. It was a highly successful with around 350 people in attendance throughout the evening and more than 60% of artworks sold. Many of the young artists participated [...]

June 15th, 2017|

Speaking Before You’re Spoken About

Presented at Hailebury College today, about the importance of diverse voices in the community getting traction and respect. Given the news of the past 24hours I was feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of making a presentation - but realised making the effort to be heard, was integral to my message; to speak before I'm spoken about. Am grateful for the warm welcome and feedback that ensued.  Mixed feelings of fatigue, sadness and lingering hope for peace, [...]

June 6th, 2017|

A Hallmark Above the Rest

Today I addressed the Hallmark Program participants at @latrobeuni La Trobe University about my career trajectory and 'social intelligence' observations. The post speech questions were an excellent indication that these were a cohort of critically thinking students, not satisfied with the status quo depictions of diverse communities. These sessions continue to reconfirm my belief in speaking my mind, questioning privilege, entitlement and racist policy. Though bigots are never far behind or lacking in ability to [...]

April 28th, 2017|

Portraits of Voices

At the Ondru (not-for-profit arts organisation) book launch tonight for 'Voiceless Journeys'. A beautiful celebration of a book capturing portraiture and stories from 101 migrants, from diverse and displaced backgrounds.  Congrats to Desh, the amazing volunteers and production team at Ondru- behind this stunning resource that enriches all Australians. #storyteller #makeachange 

October 28th, 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|

Engaging Disruption

Presented as a panellist at the #DigiEngage forum today, speaking with Hass Dellal and Kuranda Seyit about Identity & Belonging. Touching on anecdotal references with the audience of largely high school students across Melbourne, we explained the importance of disrupting bigoted narratives. Social media as a tool for social change provides a platform for diverse voices to show solidarity.  Governments, in turn, need to hear the voices in this space with a view to being [...]

October 21st, 2016|

Regal Digs for a Legal Gig

Addressing an executive breakfast fundraiser for 'Hall & Wilcox' c/o @wheelercentre this morning in the Tea Room of Sydney's Queen Victoria Building (QVB). Speaking to staff and colleagues about 'Minority Voices in Mainstream Spaces'. Followed with a QnA session guided by the fabulous Helen Whitacomb of TWC, gauging topics from the Islamic Museum of Australia and feminism to Kochies Angels and SBS. A motley mix, indeed.  Also chanced to meet a lawyer with H&W, Emma, [...]

October 20th, 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|