Tasneem’s Latest Activities

/Tasneem’s Latest Activities/

Basically, Hilarious

A superb night of awkward, borderline ‘out there’ and politically incorrect salutes, from @nazeemhussain ‘s ‘Basic Idiot’ - delivered with comedic excellence for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. From celebrity show menus (emu and goat *parts),to inappropriate parenting tips and everything in between, this was an energetic and relentless set of hilarity....especially when Naz’s mum joined the audience midway, to rapturous applause. That he boldly continued his routine, which culturally speaking should have been cause [...]

2019-04-18T11:54:01+00:00April 18th, 2019|

A Branch of Excellence

Today Ambulance Victoria launched the opening of its newly renovated Preston branch. In attendance was the Minister for Health, Jenny Mikakos MP, State Member for Reservoir, Robin Scott MP and Fed member for Cooper, Ged Kearney MP.  Doubtless, the star attraction of the launch was everyone’s favourite therapy dog, Bruce, who unwittingly steals the scene every time.  A huge congratulations to AV for this state of the art, fit for purpose centre that will accomodate [...]

2019-04-17T08:50:49+00:00April 17th, 2019|

Election, Vulnerabilities & The Term that Was

#TheDrum panel is in the studio getting ready to tackle the election, sexual abuse in aged care and key moments from the 45th parliament. Tune in at 6pm AEST on @ABCTV and 7pm on ABC News Channel... “Approaching the election both parties have discussed fairness, but does it mean the same things for all Australians?” Tonight Kerry Chikarovski, Tasneem Chopra, Jason Yat-sen Li, Stan Grant, Samantha Connor and Dennis Atkins will discuss: Scott Morrison calls [...]

2019-04-11T09:52:22+00:00April 11th, 2019|

Ideas & Society- Calling Out Racism in Politics

Tonight I had the honour of sitting on a panel for @latrobeuni Ideas & Society Discussion- Has Racism in Contemporary Australia Entered the Political Mainstream’. Thanks to my co panelists Dr’s Chelsea Bond 🙌🏾 (UQ), Tim Southphamassane (USyd) , & Tom Switzer (CIS). Special thanks to Prof Robert Manne and the events team  for curating this series. Our panel shared a timely and powerful discussion.  In summary, racism has existed since colonisation and assumed various [...]

2019-04-10T05:48:36+00:00April 9th, 2019|

Big Ideas Coming Soon…

Next Tuesday I look forward to speaking on this panel as part of the La Trobe University’s Ideas and Society series. While the question ‘Has racism in contemporary Australia entered the political mainstream?’ may appear rhetorical to some, to me it is anything but contemporary, with its origins enshrined since colonisation. Bookings here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/has-racism-in-contemporary-australia-entered-the-political-mainstream-tickets-57476206882?discount=ALUMNI

2019-04-06T09:47:06+00:00April 6th, 2019|

Inspirational Aspirants

Excited to be a Facilitator for this year’s ASPIRE Young Muslim Women’s Governance & Leadership Program. Exceptional, brilliant, accomplished- and this is day one.. random wisdoms thus far: ‘Megatronics is the future, people’ ‘Transparency and accountability are essential leadership qualities’ ‘Misogynistic interpretation of religious texts that deem to manage women, is an obstacle in engaging women leaders’ #szcc #victoriauniversity #makechangehappen #makeanoise #endxenophobia #tasneemchopra #crossculturalconsultant

2019-04-06T07:38:20+00:00April 6th, 2019|

Leading The Charge: Starts With You

Today I addressed the Victoria University ‘LEAD - Inclusive Leadership Conference’, speaking to an intake of students undertaking this program to “LEAD: Lead. Aspire. Evolve. Develop.”  My presentation on ‘Leading the Charge for Change: It starts with you’, was one of several sessions throughout the day, including LEGO workshops (!), being inclusive of hearing impaired  persons and empathy & body language.  I was impressed with the brilliant students I met, many from CALD communities, who [...]

2019-04-06T06:10:34+00:00April 5th, 2019|

What’s Your 2040?

A fortuitous meeting with the lovely @clarebowditch following a screening of #2040 in the lead up to the #humanrightsandartsfilmfestival. An incredible Australian film that takes a proactive look to the future, through the minds of children and wisdom of tech, energy, demographic and environmental thought leaders. We also chatted kids, storytelling and the fine art of procrastination in a freelance world. Can’t wait for the book launch, MsB!!  #makechangehappen   2040 trailer:  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p-rTQ443akE

2019-04-06T09:21:23+00:00April 4th, 2019|

From Yabbies to Youth Camps: Storytelling About Ourselves- On ABC RN

Standing out because of your cultural ancestry, or your skin colour — or, because of your religion. This week, two stories about growing up Muslim in Australia. Pro-boxer Bianca Emir speaks to Mariam Chehab about her sport, being a 'default' Muslim spokesperson, and her unique childhood - which involved her mother kidnapping her from her dad. And, IMAGE: TASNEEM CHOPRA (SUPPLIED)LINK TO LARGER IMAGE. Tasneem Chopra has heard that awful and racist sentiment 'go back to [...]

2019-03-31T07:30:51+00:00March 31st, 2019|

Lights, Camera, Action: Media Readiness 101

This weekend I had the opportunity to deliver a workshop on ‘Media Readiness & Advocacy’.  In our current socio-political climate in which tropes about minorities are exploited for optimal sales, countering this narrative has frequently fallen on community leaders to respond.  The participants were a diverse group of young leaders from the Dept. Of Premier & Cabinet’s Multicultural Youth Network and members of the Youth Congress.  I covered points about understanding media landscapes fit for [...]

2019-04-02T04:22:31+00:00March 30th, 2019|