Senator Janet Rice, Greens Senator for Victoria, hosted a women’s Iftar for over 100 women and children from Melbourne’s Muslim community on Thursday 9 May at Merlynston Progress Hall in Coburg North.

“It was a huge privilege to host an Iftar for Melbourne’s Muslim women and to join our diverse Muslim community in observing the holy month of Ramadan,” said Senator Janet Rice.

“To all of Australia’s Muslims, I wish you Ramadan Mubarak.”

“There was a powerful sense of togetherness and friendship in the room, and knowledge that by working together we support each other and can optimistic and hopeful about achieving a truly just and equal society.”

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“By gathering together and sharing food, we celebrate our friendship, our diverse communities and Muslim women.”

“At a time when right-wing extremist groups have found a mouthpiece in Federal Parliament through the likes of Fraser Anning and Pauline Hanson, it’s more important than ever to counter hate speech, division and fear with community and friendship.”

“My Australia is one where we do not just tolerate diversity; we celebrate it. We understand that it makes us richer, stronger and better as a community and as a nation.”

The event included prayers and speeches from Religious leader Hala Amera, local community advocate Anam Javed, young Muslim activist Sarah Khattaba, and poet Faseeha Hashmi.