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Taking AAIMS

Enjoyed a rigorous panel discussion at ACU, for the Melbourne launch of the Australian Association of Islamic & Muslim Studies (AAIMS). Discussing the issue of Islamophobia in Australia, my co-panelists Fethi Mansouri, JoshRoose and I, came at this topic from an academic and community sector perspective.  This included sharing detailed extracts from the Islamophobia in Australia report, discussing the psycho-social impacts on youth and Muslim women in particular and the trajectory of increased racism in [...]

2017-09-21T10:24:44+00:00 September 21st, 2017|

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|

A Knight for Storytelling Royalty

Enjoyed some scintillating banter tonight  with screenwriter legend, Andrew Knight, as we fielded audience questions post a screening of 'Ali's Wedding' at @palacewestgarth.   Andrew spoke to his experience working on the film, his motivations and hopes, while I addressed why diversity in film representation matters in ways that are unapologetic and human. The relatability of this film to many, was noted as was the scope for this genre of art to challenge misconceptions.   Andrew's insight [...]

2017-09-05T06:09:30+00:00 September 4th, 2017|

Campus Dining On Diversity

Tonight I spoke at the Monash Residential Services (MRS) Leadership dinner, to a group of 150 University students aged 18 - 22 years old who all live on campus and University staff. I addressed the need for culturally diverse perspectives in leadership, in order to arrive at outcomes representative of broader society.  The MRS service approximately 3,000 students across four of the University's five Victorian campuses. MRS prides itself on developing residential communities that are [...]

2017-09-13T12:32:56+00:00 August 13th, 2017|

Respect Where it Matters

From a recent speaking gig I gave at Salesian College to their upper secondary cohort - on 'The Space In-between'. To the theme of respectful relationships I focused on the role of communication and knowledge of others, understanding difference over tolerance, recognising diversity of experiences - all of which separate respect from disrespect. Thanks to the well being team at this school for promoting initiatives of inclusion. A thoroughly enjoyable opportunity to connect with brilliant [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:20+00:00 July 28th, 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|

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 [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:24+00:00 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, [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:24+00:00 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 [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:26+00:00 April 28th, 2017|