Tasneem’s Blog

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National Press Address- with Punch

Today I attended the National Press Club where Sen. Richard DiNatale , leader of the The Greens, made his first address since the election.  He canvassed issues of: A free and independent media Curtailing right wing and neoliberal ideology  Ending influence of big business and corporations as political party donors  Removing stamp duty The future of work, housing affordability, tax Working smarter not looking longer More flexible work hours The broken system that governs us [...]

March 15th, 2017|

Testing Justice in Bold Ways

 "From a well being perspective, intersectionality of race, religion, gender and mental health is critical to public health because it 'embraces rather than avoids the complexities that are essential to understanding social inequities' which in turn manifest in health inequities. Indeed, acknowledging WHO we are, affects HOW we are. Further, Intersectionality of feminism and how this translates to the representation of diversity in leadership– or lack thereof, leaves a massive inequality gap in society" This [...]

March 10th, 2017|

If you don’t know, now you do..

Ahead of International Women's Day next Wednesday, the #heraldsun profiles 50 Victorian women doing extraordinary things in their chosen fields. They pay tribute to them to in a magazine feature-  '50 Women You Need to Know'.  Am grateful to be represented in this cohort, though acknowledge the achievements of far more accomplished women from diverse communities need recognition too.  Here's to making a noise and making it loud enough to open doors and improve outcomes [...]

March 4th, 2017|

TEDx Face of Tomorrow 

The calibre of my co-speakers at  tonights TEDx PaduaCollege, was exceptional. Georgia, Amelia, Bastian & Tim each brought personal insight and pathos to topics that affected them personally. From promoting critical thinking, consent & empathy, inclusivity of gendered identity and the onus of global citizenry- they had it covered well. Underlying themes of responsibility and making social change connected us all, as I spoke to structural racism and the individual cost. Congratulations Padua College for [...]

March 2nd, 2017|

Paramedic Superstars- Victoria’s Own

Congratulations to the over 200 paramedics graduating today at the #AmbulanceVictoria ceremony. Remarkable young Victorians dedicating their craft to the selfless service of others. An absolute honour as an AV Board member, to witness this, with over 700 colleagues, friends and family of these graduates in attendance. The quality, compassion and capability of our paramedics, situates them amongst the finest First Responders in the world.  And with a ceremony peppered with intimate interviews from graduates, [...]

February 26th, 2017|

The ISCV- Welcome Relief

Tonight I had the pleasure of attending the Islamic Shia Council of Victoria (ISCV) inaugural 'Meet & Greet Dinner'. The ISCV is home to over 50 Shi’a organisations across Victoria whose role is to represent the Shi’a community and be the point of contact between the government, the media and other NFP organisations for the state of Victoria. The theme for the evening was "unity" and as such hundreds of guests representing intra and interfaith [...]

February 24th, 2017|

It’s a Raf: The Week in Review

And that's a Raf.. 'News Therapy' for the week on Radio ABC Melbourne, summing up the big stories, from: the Essendon flight crash, Abbott/Turnbull antics, subverting stereotypes in advertising, faith leaders, poor sartorial choices, callous immigration policies and the grotesqueness that is bacon therapy. Loads of fun and irreverence.  Good times, thanks Raf Epstein and Nick McKenzie ✔️ Been a long week 😐

February 24th, 2017|

UN Hears About Violence Against Women- Australian Scene

Today as Chair of the Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights, I participated in a consultation roundtable focusing on the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse communities, with UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against women, its causes and consequences, Dr Dubravka Simonovic.  The UN Special Rapporteur is in Australia from 13-25 February 2017 to work closely with governments, treaty bodies, and NGOs in developing strategies to eliminate violence against women in all its forms.  [...]

February 24th, 2017|

Freedom of Speech is not Freedom of Responsibility- ALHR  Conference 2017

Enjoyed a brilliant panel and presentation today at the #australianlawyersforhumanrights2017 conference. Speaking alongside Barrister and Indigenous activist, Tim Goodwin and former Tasmanian Anti- Discrimination Commissioner, Robin Banks- we addressed the topic of "Freedom of Speech: International Human Rights & the Current Australian Dialogue".  A salient and robust conversation about 18C, Islamophobia, privilege, power, right wing conservatives and the rise of racism amidst complicit political leaders. Pretty incredible session- thank you ALHR! . I am EVER [...]

February 17th, 2017|

Thank You to Everyday Heroes

As a Director on the Board of Ambulance Victoria, I am so very proud of the work of our first responders and our paramedics in particular.  This video, however, is an acknowledgement of thanks to the citizen responders who turned up in a show of heart warming unity to attend & support strangers during the carnage of the Bourke street car rampage two weeks ago. The spirit of Melburnians showing guts and grace under fire [...]

February 3rd, 2017|