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Talking Grit & Game in a Post-truth World

 Thanks for the invite, Flemington Community Centre -to your Annual Iftar. Another Ramadan staple, this event is a delight to attend as it is developed and delivered by local young people attracting other young people from all cultural backgrounds to increase understanding and reduce racism. I gave a brief speech about how communities can learn to work together and advocate/respond to barriers and naysayers. Diversity is a powerful asset.  These young people have demonstrated capacity [...]

2018-06-08T12:48:43+00:00 June 8th, 2018|

Charting Cultural Conversations

Today I presented a keynote for Multicultural Queensland’s Charter Conversations. I spoke about inclusive leadership, diversity and unconscious bias. I shared personal and professional observations including evidenced based research that supports why diversity in leadership and the workplace benefit organisations and communities. Following my address I engaged in a panel with Mackayla Jeffries, A/Commissioner, Anti-Discrimination Commission QueenslandJoshua Griffin, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, SBS and Dr Jane O’Leary, Research Director, Diversity Co Dr Jane O’Leary (Diversity [...]

2018-06-11T11:43:52+00:00 June 7th, 2018|

Iftar at the Museum

Three of the fiercest, finest trailblazers I know, in Saara Sabbagh (Founder, Benevolence Aust.), Maha Sukkar (VicPol) & Rohini Kappadath (Manager, Immigration Museum); living proof that culturally diverse women are vital to a narrative on diversity in leadership. Furthermore, we all benefit from their efforts to towards a society centred on inclusivity, respect and justice #friendswithfire #moversandshakers #diversitymatters #diversestoriesmatter #diversityandinclusion #makechangehappen #tasneemchopra #crossculturalconsultant

2018-06-05T00:04:57+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|

Ramadan Gotta Go Fast, ABC Radio

A podcast on Ramadan in Australia for ABC’s God Forbid program. I panelled with Sydney’s Sheikh Ahmed Abdo, and host Noel Debien, covering the practical, spiritual and sartorial http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/godforbid/ramadan-gotta-go-fast/9820646 Precis: It’s Ramadan — a holy month in the Islamic calendar for fasting and prayer. But it’s also about family and community, and many of the traditions around Ramadan get to the heart of what it means to be a Muslim. Guest host Noel Debien is joined [...]

2018-06-03T03:01:39+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|

Iftaring In Istanbul,  Melbourne Style

Tonight’s Sareera Street Iftar at the Meadow Heights Mosque was a huge success. A Ramadan staple, the Iftar attracted hundreds of locals and outliers into its and inviting courtyard, strewn with lanterns, the aroma of Turkish coffee and tables of sweets. As well as providing each guest with complimentary water and meal packs, volunteers displayed an efficiency and courtesy with always beaming smiles. Indeed, between the decorative lights, traditional floor lounges and Turkish delight, I [...]

2018-06-03T02:55:34+00:00 June 2nd, 2018|

A Very Turkish Delight

A lovely Iftar tonight hosted by the AK Party in Melbourne’s north. Wonderful to connect with friends, old and new, including the gorgeous Seher💜. Ramadan is truly reunion season. And that sublime coffee ice cream💜👍🏽!! #friends#ramadandiaries #iftari #melbourne 

2018-06-01T10:38:04+00:00 June 1st, 2018|

Capeless Heroes For Iftar

Congratulations to Ambulance Victoria for hosting their third Iftar Dinner tonight, in Caroline Springs. The unmistakable community support for this organisation was matched by AV’s ongoing commitment to engagement and inclusion of Victoria’s diverse communities.  Special thanks to Board Chair Ken Lay OAM, for his kind words, Tony Walker AV’s CEO for his smooth emceeing, Dr Naba Al Fayadh for her brilliance and energetic keynote - and the young poet from Sirius college for her [...]

2018-06-01T03:06:06+00:00 May 31st, 2018|

Making Whey!

Today I was invited to address the ‘Australian Chobani Women’ forum, for a session called ‘Make Way’.  This event was a call to women to: take action, forge a path when none existed and overcome challenges. This talk was part of a ‘A 12 month program’ inclusive of practical tips and tools to support individuals ‘Make Way’ (not whey!) onto their journey. I was particularly thrilled to speak alongside the no-nonsense, big hearted, global humanitarian, [...]

2018-06-12T03:45:25+00:00 May 31st, 2018|

Fasting in the Streets

Tonight’s Community Care Network (CCN) Iftar, occurring deep in Melbourne’s CBD, represented all things CCN, Ramadan and Melbourne, in one. Hundreds of supporters including volunteers, fronted to this city park venue to set up tables and endless amounts of food (think, biryani 5 ways x 100!) and proceed to feed the homeless, passers by and those who had registered to attend this free Iftar. On a brisk autumn evening, against the back drop of the [...]

2018-05-28T04:24:19+00:00 May 27th, 2018|

Writing Violence, Writing Change

Today I participated in the Feminist Writers Festival Panel, ‘Writing Violence, Writing Change’. My co-panelists included crime writer, Tara Moss and academic, Jess Gleason. We spoke to many issues concerning how writing about violence can effect systemic change, the challenges writers face and where to next? It was a robust conversation, moderated by Jess, also incorporating audience questions. Points raised concerned culpability of Writers in a #metoo era, media, reportage, activist/writer burnout and self care.  [...]

2018-05-26T23:54:40+00:00 May 26th, 2018|