Author: gulhan-eryegit-yoldas

Black Saturday Bushfires – Blessing of the Fleet

On Saturday 13 October, the 22nd Annual Emergency Services Blessing of the Fleet ceremony took place in Whittlesea, near Kinglake. This is an annual multifaith service hosted by the City of Whittlesea and administered by leaders of local faith communities, in recognition of the role of emergency services personnel in protecting our community.   This year was particularly significant as we near the 10 year anniversary of the devastating Black Saturday Bushfires which ravaged Kinglake and the surrounding areas of Victoria’s north, destroying homes, farms and the whole town of Marysville.  The Black Saturday Bushfires remain Australia’s all-time worst...

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Baasila Awards winners for 2018

Brave, Strong, Courageous.  These were the words encrypted on the awards certificates presented at the inaugural Baasila Women Acknowledging Women Awards Ceremony at Melbourne’s iconic Moroccan Soup Bar in Fitzroy on  8 September 2018. The winners of the Women Acknowledging Women Award 2018 in four categories were: Naima Usman: Women’s Empowerment Dr Sara Hassan: Community Leadership Amona Hassab: Youth Capacity Building Aysha Tufa: contribution to STEM/Arts Innovation The Baasila Awards is an incredible platform pioneered to celebrate the substantial contributions of Australian Muslim women, where all nominations are made by women for women.   There was an overwhelming interest...

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Muslim women speak at Victorian Parliament

Muslim students from Al Siraat College spoke at the Victorian Parliament House on Friday 31 August 2018 on the theme “My Vote My Voice: Diversity in Community Organisations. The annual event is organised by the National Council of Women of Victoria (NCWV) and in 2018 it was designed to encourage students to investigate the level of diversity (gender, ethnicity, age, disability), in community workplaces by visiting and conducting interviews. The focus of research is on diversity of leadership, decision-making and/or composition and then to make three-minute presentations in the Legislative Council Chamber to an audience of students, community members and...

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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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