Honoured to partake in a panel today at the Women of the World festival. #WOWmelb
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 celebrations.
Conceived and launched in London in 2011, WOW has been identified as the largest network of women in the world, with festivals engaging and inspiring over one million women across five continents and cities in the US, Egypt, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the UK, and Australia. WOW Melbourne will offer three full days of critical conversation, music, film and performance celebrating women and taking an in-depth look at the remaining challenges to gender equality.
My panel: MOVING. PEOPLE. POLITICS’
As the waves of migration due to war, poverty and climate crisis continue to increase what are the strategies that are being implemented to address the new reality of the 21st Century?
Facilitated by Academic, Artist and ex Director of RISE Refugees, Survivors & Ex-detainees, Tania Canas (CHAIR); and participants: Board Member of ASRC and activist, Mariam Issa Issa; Ambasador for Asylum Seeker Centre, Saba Vasefi ; and myself , as Chair of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights & Cross Cultural Consultant
Together we covered the personal and political re holding space for WOC and the mental health impacts to ourselves – without self care. Thank you Tania for the expert facilitation (plus, I’m so excited to have found a kindred spirit re earring and shoe game).
Met other wonderful warriors in Paola Balla, Ruth DeSouza , Hanifa Deen , Mimmie Claudine Chi Watts and caught a fabulous in-conversation with Alia Gabres & Black Panther activist, Elaine Brown. This festival is on until tomorrow- check it out if you can.
#WOWMelb #endmisogyny #endpatriarchynow #tasneemchopra #crossculturalconsultant