Author: Faseeha Hashmi

Turning adversity into opportunity: Muniba Mazari Australian tour

Renowned international motivational speaker, TV anchor and artist Muniba Mazari from Pakistan spoke in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney during her first Australian tour in July. Speaking with finesse and infectious warmth, on a cold Melbourne night on Friday 13 July, Muniba Mazari captivated her audience at Melbourne University. Opening the night with a Baloch folk dance, which Muniba is native too, the evening was organised by the inspiring Shaheens sporting organisation and was held at the University of Melbourne. Holding the audience captive, Muniba Mazari spoke with prowess and professionalism as she shared her story of trials, self-realisation and...

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ICV hosts the Amity Cup Table Tennis Championship

The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) hosted its inaugural Amity Cup Table Tennis Championship on Friday 29 June at the ICV building in partnership with Table Tennis Victoria as they roll out a new training program to scout for budding new Victorian talent. The 4-week table tennis training program from accredited coaches will end with a tournament to identify the champions who will then go on to represent each Islamic centre at the Amity Cup Finals which will be held in September. The training program will be held across Melbourne which includes IREA iHub (Hoppers Crossing), AMSSA Centre (North...

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Kashmir exhibition brings Hindus and Muslims together

An art exhibition is on display in Kashmir from 23 June to 1 July 2018 in an effort to bring local Hindu and Muslim communities together. Promoting reconciliation, the joint Muslim and Hindu collaboration brought together over 60 contemporary Muslim and Hindu artists in a gallery which reflected the depth of conflict suffered by the region. The event was held at the 101-year-old decaying and dilapidated silk mill of Kashmir in an effort to revive harmony between Kashmir’s discordant communities. The Kashmir conflict is one of many long-standing territorial disputes which began since the partition of India in 1947....

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Race Discrimination Commissioner seeks to redress racism

Across Victoria, Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane has been on a mission to address racism and discrimination. According to the Scanlon Foundation (2017), 20% of people have experienced discrimination. The reality is that racism exists in Australian society. It can not disappear overnight. Nevertheless, it should not be acceptable. Addressing attempts to weaken the 1975 Racial Discrimination Act by making amendments, Tim explains that mainstream society is eager to back our nation’s legal protections against racism. To combat this, the Victorian Multicultural Commission has embarked on a National Anti-Racism Strategy. As part of this strategy, beginning in Melbourne, the...

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Australian soldiers punished for flying Nazi flag in Afghanistan

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Department of Defence have condemned an incident which took place almost a decade ago, where Australian soldiers were reportedly photographed for flying a Nazi swastika flag from their vehicle during operations in Afghanistan. The leaked photographs obtained by the ABC were reportedly taken in August 2007 displaying a large swastika emblem hoisted over an Australian military vehicle. The swastika was the emblem of Germany’s Nazi Party and later the country’s national flag. Under the guise of this symbol, millions of Jews, Gypsies and others were exterminated by the state during the 1940s in a genocide...

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