Green’s Senator for NSW, Dr Mehreen Faruqi hosted her annual Women’s Iftar dinner on Tuesday 7 May in Granville, Western Sydney.

The dinner was attended by more than 80 women and addressed by Senator Faruqi and a number of prominent speakers including Randa Abdel-Fattah and Souha Korbatieh together with poetry performances by Aishah Ali and Layla Mkhayber.

Randa Abdel-Fattah.

The speakers spoke about the significance of having Muslim women, like Senator Mehreen Faruqi, in parliaments and the importance of Muslim women engaging in politics and making sure their voices are heard.

Senator Faruqi is Australia’s first Muslim Senator and is up for re-election on 18 May during federal elections. She concluded her address with the following words:

“Since migrating from Pakistan in 1992, I have worked for the community as a civil & environmental engineer, academic and consultant. Now I’m your Senator for NSW and I will continue to stand against racism and bigotry and against the likes of Pauline Hanson if I am re-elected to the Senate on May 18th.”

“This election, your vote is powerful. Now more than ever, you need a strong Green voice in the Senate to speak against racism, fight for action on climate change, and to hold the next government to account.”