Author: Gulhan Eryegit Yoldas

Funding for Muslim infrastructure security in Victoria

The Victorian Government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet conducted a presentation on Wednesday 1 August on the “Islamic Communities Security Infrastructure Fund” in preparation ahead of launching the new funding stream through its Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division.  This funding opportunity will be available to all places of worship, Islamic schools and centres as of Monday 6 August.    The grant program is for projects that upgrade or install security infrastructure in existing community facilities, schools or places of worship. A total of three million dollars has been allocated for this funding round with each site able to...

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Gender equality in leadership positions

The current gap in what men in leadership are paid compared to what women in leadership are paid in Australia is appalling.  Even women dominated industries, like aged-care, child-care, health and community sectors, are lead overwhelmingly by men. The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) is a government agency dedicated to achieving greater gender equality in Australian workplaces.  They report that “currently, Australia’s national gender pay gap is 15.3% and has hovered between 15% and 19% for the past two decades.”  This means that currently in Australia in 2018 women are being paid 15.3% less than men for their average...

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Interfaith Ramadan Dinner: Month of Compassion

An Interfaith Ramadan Dinner – “The Month of Compassion” was hosted by Al Siraat College and proudly supported by City of Whittlesea with an attendance of almost 100 guests on Thursday 24 May. It’s heartwarming to see that every Ramadan now we see more and more communities across Australia gather in acknowledging Islamic traditions and culture through interfaith events.  These platforms are a great way to strengthen community ties, network and build community resilience.   The event was MC’ed by student alumni Sumaya Mahad Ali and was attended by representatives from several community groups including Brotherhood of St Laurence,...

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Victoria Premier’s Ramadhan Dinner: Contribution & Belonging

Studded with Muslim celebrities, almost 500 people including Muslim community leaders, members of parliament, councillors, commissioners from Victorian Multicultural Commission and movers and shakers who have served our communities, this year the Premier’s Ramadhan Dinner was the largest ever, held on Monday 21 May 2018 at the glamorous Sofitel Melbourne. The sound of the blessed athan (call to prayer) echoed across the beautifully decorated hall, voiced by non other than our very own football favourite Bashar Houli following the moving recitation of the Noble Quran by a young man Abdirahman Hassan. The event with the theme “Contribution & Belonging”...

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House fire destroys Saleh family home

Imagine one day going to pick up your children from school and by the time you come back home, in a matter of 45 minutes, the house and all your belongings have been engulfed by flames and you suddenly find yourselves homeless.    This is exactly what happened to the Saleh Family.  On the afternoon of Tuesday, 24 April 2018, the Saleh family lost everything and returned home to find police and fire brigade crew around their home.  Their beloved cat perished in the fire.   The fire is not thought to be suspicious and at this stage, a...

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