“I am honoured to receive a 2019 Multicultural Governor’s Award in recognition of our cross-cultural consultancy service and other educational programs.It is always team efforts that help us to achieve success.I want to thank all the volunteers, staff and management team over the past years who have helped MWASA achieve our goals. I also want to thank all the organisations that we have worked with in the past years who have all contributed to our organisation’s improvement.We will continue to strive in promoting understanding through cross cultural education and further enhance our other programs to build capacity in our community.”
On the afternoon of Saturday 22nd of September 2018, the Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) marked 25 years of supporting Muslim women in Adelaide by hosting a Jubilee celebration at the Clarence Park Community Centre.
Sister Ramila Chanisheff was a wonderful Master of Ceremony for the day, elegantly introducing performers and speakers and guiding us through the afternoon.
The event opened with a welcome speech from Vice Chairperson, Sister Azidah, who also acknowledged the founders of our organisation.
We were fortunate in being able to host several guests of honour: His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le Governor of South Australia and Mrs Lan Le, and Assistant Minister to the Premier Jing Lee and Mr Eddie Liew.
The Governor addressed the room with a speech which was supportive and inspiring, and the Assistant Minister to the Premier Jing Lee’s speech was delightfully warm. Both speeches were entirely engaging due to the genuine charisma of our guest speakers.
In the speech by Chairperson Dora Abbas, she thanked our guests of honour for attending despite their busy schedules. As a token of appreciation, MWASA had prepared gifts for the guests of honour. Sister Dora also spoke about the outlook for MWASA over the next 10 to 15 years, and invited all members and their families to contribute and participate.
Brother Ahmed Sherbini lent his pleasant voice to proceedings with heartwarming Quran recitation, nasheed and athan (call for prayer).
A colourful stand-out from proceedings was the fashion show. Organised primarily by the Youth Group, the girls were able to express their individuality in both traditional and modern modest dress.
Of great interest was the showing of a slideshow showcasing the last 25 years. It was truly inspirational to see the journey that MWASA has been through, and then also to consider the continuation of that journey into the future.
A touch of sweetness was added to the afternoon with a couple of young ladies from Australian Islamic College (AIC) reading poetry that they had written.
- Ramila Chanisheff for her outstanding delivery as Master of Ceremonies
- June Hussain, Community Development Officer, and the team of volunteers for such successful organisation and execution
- All members and friends for attendance and participation
We are all immensely grateful to our volunteer team and sponsors who made this event possible and so enjoyable.
The Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) nominated team member Shaista for the Irene Krastev Award at the International Women’s Day Lunch held in Adelaide on the 5th March 2015. This was done in appreciation for her work at MWASA.
Shaista was successful in being a finalist for this award and the MWASA team is very proud of this achievement.
The Irene Krastev Award is an award for community spirit and work. Qualities that the International Women’s Day Committee seeks to recognise, value and commend through this award include:
- Community involvement in SA
- Participation in community activities
- Achievements in community work
- Leadership in women’s groups
- Volunteer work with women
- Individual and women’s groups; mentoring individuals and providing support to individuals and groups
To stay informed about future awards and events organised by the International Women’s Day Committee of SA, click across to their webpage by clicking here.
In December 2013 the University of South Australia presented MWASA with an award for ‘Muslim and non-Muslim understanding’, to honour our effort in the building of bridges of understanding over the last 20 years.
Through our Cross Cultural training and various other programs we reach over 400 individuals yearly in educating them about Islam and Muslims. Through these programs we encourage people to think beyond religious and cultural differences and focus on the character of people.
MWASA would like to acknowledge and thank the University of South Australia for initiating this award that helps foster understanding and respect among people of different backgrounds and religions.