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Cultural Competence in Council

This morning I conducted a training session on ‘Muslim Community Awareness and Cultural Competence’ for the City of Darebin executive. This was a robust and in depth analysis of the communal demographics, psycho social issues residents experience and the consequences of divisive rhetoric and hurtful media portrayal. In all, the conversations and learnings that followed were meaningful and will hopefully result in social change for the municipality informed by improved engagement, increased representation and a [...]

2020-02-20T08:50:17+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Identity & Belonging 2020

This week I spoke at MacKillop College to their year 11 Cohort, navigating ‘Identity 2020’. My co-panelists included the fabulous Jane Gilmore and Nevo Zisin - between the three of us we traversed issues of gender, sexuality and race. Kudos to Jo Parker for curating this amazing program as part of her HeartSparks schools charter. I was particularly chuffed during my presentation on celebrating the cultural diversity of students, to share the timeless magic of [...]

2020-02-21T03:17:12+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Australia is Burning

Like most Australians, I’m shaken by the carnage that is bushfires wildly burning across this country. You wonder about the complacency of believing inner suburbia is a safe place to be.. these past weeks have shown it is impossible to be certain about which way the wind blows. I cannot remember feeling such a sense of trepidation while driving on a freeway and seeing the unmistakable sight of smoke permeate the evening sky. Even the [...]

2020-02-20T07:27:30+00:00January 4th, 2020|

Radio Review of a Week of Political Sinkholes…

News Therapy musings about the week that was: political sinkholes across the spectrum (dropping like flies), vetting processes for candidates lacking due diligence, voter apathy versus cynicism plus...LEGO Masters magic and #NerdWriters....with Raf Epstein & Tim Callanan #newstherapy #ABC #RadioMelbourne #tasneemchopra #crossculturalconsultant #makeanoise

2019-05-03T09:24:55+00:00May 3rd, 2019|

Together We Stand- a Statement with Purpose

This morning I delivered a keynote address on ‘Allyship in a Climate of Hate’ for the ‘Together We Stand’ breakfast forum organised by Glen Eira City Council. Following my keynote, a panel discussion ensued on cultural. and religious bigotry in this country and the role of the State and community in addressing it.  While leadership in Australia has demonstrably contributed to a climate of Islamophobic, antiSemitic, anti black and anti immigrant violence, it’s important to [...]

2019-05-03T02:47:05+00:00May 3rd, 2019|

Leading Change

I delivered a presentation today for the Joan Kirner Young Women Leaders Program, on ‘Leading Change’. I talked about the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone, paving the way for those after you and not staying in your patriarchally prescribed lane despite expectations. Questions from participants were astute and challenging- meeting my presentation brief in a quirky twist of fate. Thanks to #LeadershipVictoria for this opportunity; making change with this lot, included laughs [...]

2019-04-29T11:34:53+00:00April 29th, 2019|

Speaking Truth to Hypothetical Power

Had an amazing time today participating in a hypothetical panel for the #Earth@Peace Conference. It involved some seriously fine minds across spheres of academia, spirituality, politics and social justice. The hypothetical issue concerned a fictitious environmental crisis in the Pacific Islands region, triggering issues of Climate Refugees, foreign aid, international human rights responsibility and Indigenous community leadership.  I was honoured to be in the company of Assoc Prof Asmi Wood (ANU), Brian Walters AM QC, [...]

2019-04-24T09:28:34+00:00April 24th, 2019|

Thank You Hass

A tribute and thanks this morning to the outgoing Chair of the IMA, Hass Dellal OAM. His legacy in the arts and community sector have been profound and his commitment to elevating Australia towards a more inclusive and respectful society, unwavering.  While Hass leaves the IMA in fine form, it is acknowledged that his support will continue in other ways. To the new incumbent, Moustapha Fahour- great to have you back in Oz and at [...]

2019-04-24T02:17:33+00:00April 24th, 2019|

Healing A Nation

Prayers continue for a nation in mourning today. No doubt, emotional healing will take longer than the physical rebuilding, if at all. The scale of this tragedy is difficult to comprehend - but acts of support, empathy and material aid are a practical way we can start to manage the grief.  I was overwhelmed to learn blood donations already from Lankans of all faiths, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Hindu, were so numerous they had to [...]

2019-04-23T04:51:43+00:00April 23rd, 2019|

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|