Robina Yasmin, activist, social worker and community advocate attended two events in Melbourne towards the end of November representing New South Wales.
The first event held on Thursday 23 November 2017 was the AGM of National Ethnic Disabilities Council (NEDA), the national peak organisation representing the rights and interests of people living with disability, their families and carers, from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) and non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB) in Australia.
Robina is the vice-chair of Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association (MDAA) and has been an ambassador for people with disabilities from multicultural backgrounds. As a member of NEDA, MDAA and also SAMAA (South Asian Muslim Association of Australia), she spends her time as a community worker to provide help to Muslims and Non-Muslims in the disability and aged care sector.
She provides much-needed experience and knowledge to NEDA as a carer of her son with a disability and from a NESB and CALD community. This allows NEDA to influence and shape the policies related to disability with the federal government as there can be many issues that migrants can face such as navigating the system in search of support and services.
The second event held on 26 November 2017 was the launch of Australian Humanities Organisation (AHO) attended by over 150 people predominantly from the community in Melbourne, Victoria.
The organisation was created by Farah Naveed and Robina Yasmin to address the rising issues of domestic violence (DV).
Robina had the vision to start such a project based on her experience as an anthropologist and as a caseworker for women in DV in the facility, Dar-ul-Aman (Women Shelter Homes) in Pakistan.
Robina has in preparation for this project undertaken training in DV as a trained front-line worker and dealing/managing trauma as part of accidental counselling.
Mr Omar Khalisse opened the event with the recitation of the Holy Quran.
Ms Rose Bogerts, an Italian revert, was a keynote speaker and addressed the issue of domestic violence and its impact from the individuals to the whole community. She outlined key indicators of (DV) for community members to be informed to assist those in need.
This event coincided with White Ribbon Awareness Week which highlights of violence against women. To get more information, contact AHO on 0430 957 672 (VIC – Farah) and 0468 409 786 (NSW – Robina).