I was privileged to deliver the ‘Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration’ for Darebin City Council, in the lead up to  International Women’s Day 2015 event on Thursday 5th of March. Molly was a fierce and fabulous advocate for social change from Darebin, who has been recognised as a trailblazer by her community as they initiate this event in her honour annually since 2014.

I used my platform to share incidents of racism and violence as experienced by the Muslim community and women in general.  Illustrated through examples of personal experience, media observations and political rhetoric, I related the harrowing picture of discrimination in our society.  That said, there remain movements to redress this imbalance coupled with a progressive mindset that  is revolutionising the way approach these injustices. Grass roots activism and support for structural change through education and a human rights based approach to policy, are essential to realising meaningful change.

It wa both humbling and exhilarating to follow the lead of an inspirational activist like Molly.  Her legacy as a ‘doer’ motivates me to combat my fears and salute the female leaders in our community who work tirelessly for the progress of others.