Tasneem’s Blog

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#MPA – A Launch Today for Leaders Tomorrow

Tonight saw the launch of the brainchild of Nada Kalam with the 'Muslim Professionals Association' #mpaaust  This long awaited initiative represents a portal for mentoring, leadership opportunity, and networking for Australian Muslim professionals across all industries and sectors.  Particularly at a time of heightened political angst overwhelming communities, this event emerged as a reminder of the indomitable capacity and talent we possess. The MPA will consider creative ways of engaging these professionals in a way [...]

July 19th, 2017|

From Africa to Australia- Capturing Stories 

Was thrilled to be a guest on @ozafricantv for Series 2, episod: Interview with Tasneem Chopra In conversation with the brilliant Dorcas Utkovic, I spoke of my personal background, and how being notably different in appearance as a child growing up in regions Australia, prompted me to question those who required my difference to be 'managed'.  It was an honour to participate in this episode - you can catch OzAfrican TV on Foxtel or via [...]

July 17th, 2017|

11 Portraits & True Love Stories for ‘Ali’s Wedding’ film launch

Pretty chuffed to be involved in this series of that speaks of the  breadth of what love means and how it manifests in ways that are vital to our well being - these are stories that can be told a million different ways.  The #AlisWedding team, director Fadia Abboud and photographer @hodaafshar, are proud to launch their special project, ‘11 True Love Stories’. Drawn from interviews with eleven Muslim-Australians, these powerful and personal stories of [...]

July 17th, 2017|

AMWCHR – Report Findings to Mitigate Trauma for Women & Children

Congratulations to the #australianmuslimwomenscentreforhumanrights for the launch of 'Marrying Young' and the 'Out-Of-Home Care' resources, which as Chair of the Board, I had the pleasure of officiating at today's event.  This research signals vital information supporting the need for culturally specific services to resource young women and children towards improved wellbeing, agency and empowerment. Further, community led and community directed programs produced the highest buy-in from this cohort, demonstrating crucial rapport with services where clients [...]

July 12th, 2017|

Drumming on the G20, diversity and Islamophobia 

Tonight on #TheDrum, with host John Baron, we discussed the G20, cultural & diversity targets in workplaces and the findings of the 'Islamophobia in Australia Report' launched today.  My co-panellists included Marius Benson (ABC radio), Lisa Annese (DiversityCouncil) & Greg Sheridan (The Australian). Some damning statistics from get reputation confirmed what many of us know, available now in documented proof that Islamophobia is real, all pervasive and rising. See full episode: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1597772053630128&id=163164813757533

July 10th, 2017|

The Rise of Racism-Reported

Today's launch of the 'Islamophobia in Australia' report occurred in Melbourne. This report has been skilfully edited by Dr Deryer Iner, in collaboration with numerous stakeholders including the Islamophobia Register, ISRA, Charles Sturt University, Deakin University, the Diversity Council and others.  Some damning statistics during the period from 2014-2016 confirmed what many of us know, now available in documented proof that Islamophobia is real, all pervasive and rising. Brilliantly summarised by Dr Zuleyha Keskin (ISRA): [...]

July 10th, 2017|

Team Australia to the Test

Team Australia was the concept explored in this ABC Compass episode. What does it mean to be Australian? What are Australian values? Five passionate individuals from a variety of backgrounds agree to a “lock in” at an iconic venue with a mission to come up with their own list of questions. Viewers are invited to participate online. How many will pass the test? At the coninclusion of our discussion, each participant tabled two of their [...]

July 8th, 2017|

The Foley Effect

It's rare these days to be genuinely challenged in new ways about the historic extent of this country's racist culpability. But tonight , Prof. Gary Foley, Historian & renown Aboriginal activist, did precisely this at the Second Annual Mandela Lecture, speaking to 'Nelson Mandela & the Aboriginal Political Resistance'. He deftly recounted systemic racist structures at play since federation, relegating Aboriginals to indentured sub human standards. The White Australia aspiration of many a PM was [...]

July 7th, 2017|

The Seasons are a Gogh

Delighted to attend the largest exhibition of Van Gogh masterpieces ever to travel to Australia at the National Gallery of Victoria. 'Van Gogh and the Seasons'- featured works lent by leading international museums, including the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo- presented within sections devoted to each of the four seasons. On reflection, nothing screams Melbourne like the melancholy of Van Gough. In all its mood evoking brilliance, this 'Seasons' exhibition's hues [...]

July 3rd, 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 [...]

July 1st, 2017|