Khadijah Habbouche has won the Premier’s Multicultural Youth Medal announced at the Premier’s Harmony Dinner on Tuesday 1 March 2022 held at the International Convention Centre (ICC), in Darling Harbour, Sydney.
In a crowd of almost 1300 guests, Khadijah stood confidently wearing her medal amongst the other winners of the 2022 Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals, and was a beautiful representation of hope that young Australian Muslims bring to this country.
This award, 2022 NSW Rugby League Youth Medal recognises a person under the age of 25 who has helped create, welcome and support inter-cultural connections and understanding between people from diverse backgrounds.
As a young Australian Muslim woman, of Lebanese Palestinian background, Khadijah stands as a confident, passionate and resilient young Australian.
She is an active member of various Youth Advisory Committees, including the Canterbury Bankstown Youth Crew and the Muslim Women Australia Youth Advisory Committee (MYAC).
The 14-year-old is actively involved in developing social awareness and action amongst young people, and creating a platform for high achievement and a voice for social goodness.
At the same event inductees of the 2022 Multicultural Honour Role were announced naming Eddie Jake OAM, Aziza El Saddiq, Sath Grey and Carla Zampatti, and the winners of the 2021 Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards (PMCA) were acknowledged.
Zia Ahmad won the Lifetime Achievement Award at PMCA with the citation,”Currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Australasian Muslim Times AMUST, Ziaul Islam Ahmad’s journalistic career has had a significant and long-term impact on the community promoting multiculturalism, global outlook, and unity of mankind. As the founder of many community organisations, and winner of multiple community awards, Ziaul has dedicated almost 50 years to social cohesion, understanding and harmony.”
AMUST together with Jane Jeffes and Hazen Agency also won the PMCA award in the category of Best Use of Digital and Social Media for their project on Recipe for Ramadan, with the citation, “AMUST launched an online event to celebrate Ramadan festivities during COVID-19 event restrictions by engaging with communities on digital and social media. Exploring a new way to engage, Australian Muslims were encouraged to extend a virtual invitation into the homes and lives of others and exchange family stories while enjoying traditional food. The successful campaign was covered by mainstream media including SBS World News, ABC Radio, community online TV, network Clued TV, and Guardian Australia.”
“As long as what I do is done with sincerity authenticity and purpose and I hope this award will demonstrate that young people are capable of contributing wonderful things to the community regardless of their background,” said Khadijah in an exclusive interview with AMUST.
“Mentoring is a big part of my life and I hope I can still be mentored and receive the support as I contribute to grow and continue to mentor others as well,” said Khadijah.
This year, Khadijah has been an instrumental part of the MWA Youth Advisory Committee (MYAC) which she contributed to forming as a result of the issues young people were facing during the extended lockdown, particularly in South West Sydney.
As a member of MYAC Khadijah contributes to discussing youth related and community issues and identifying strategies to address them. Khadijah is passionate about ensuring there are channels of communication that exist that are suitable for CALD young people.