March Recipes of Life Update

The tutors discussed with the participants how to answer guests confidently if they ask about the dishes. They recommended the participants to do a search on the internet to find a brief description about every dish.

Maryam made Kabab Hindi dish and she did well.

CHSP Canvas Painting

Sister Nazneen from Chai & Canvas was invited to conduct a canvas painting session with our CHSP seniors on 27 February 2020. 

Using an 8 fold rosette that is used in the Islamic world, Sister Nazneen taught the seniors using the dot/pointalism technique to complete a painting on a canvas. It was indeed a therapeutic experience for the seniors where they can express their creativity in a relaxed and fun environment. The calming nature of dot painting makes them feel at ease and help to improve their hand-eye coordination. The result was amazingly beautiful! The seniors created beautiful designs on black canvases using different sized dots. 

Feedback from Participants
They have heard about the Australian Aboriginal dot painting and were eager to learn more about it. By adding a touch of Islamic element in this activity, Sister Nazneen was able to attract their interest in Art – especially the men. The seniors were pleased and proud of their artwork and look forward to more of such sessions in the future.

February Recipes of Life Update

The tutors and the participants discussed the main dishes which will be prepared at a future Shared Lunch.

The group wrote all the ingredients, with their quantities, for the main dishes (Falafel (below), Kabab hindi, Kanafeh).

Furthermore, it was discussed how much time each dish will take so the time can be managed on the day.

Maryam very kindly offered to demonstrate making Kebab Hindi at the next class. 

Heam made Kanafeh (below) and she did very well.

First SETS* Social Saturday

Yasmin and Manal from ActNow Theatre conducted a consultation on dealing with Islamophobia in Australia, which will be at the base of the theatrical acts to be performed at various schools around South Australia.
The games included in the session made it more interesting and helped new girls to feel part of the group.
The session included questions like “what is good about being a Muslim in
Australia?”, “what is hard about being a Muslim in Australia?”, “what do you want people to know about Muslims?” and “what do you want people to know about you?”.
Some things the girls found hard about being a Muslim in Australia was finding halal food, having to explain yourself and your religious cultural rituals and practices, dealing with racism, and getting used to the culture and language differences in Australia.
“I am nice/kind person”, “I wear my scarf by my own will” and “I speak English very well and I like to socialise” were some things the girls wanted to let other people know about them.
Yasmin and Manal also offered the girls to be part of theatre acts with the ActNow Theatre.

*SETS: Settlement Engagement and Transition Support – Client Services

SETS Is A Picnic For The Girls

A picnic was organised for the SETS youths to have some fun during the school holidays, giving them the opportunity to participate in different activities and meet new girls from other backgrounds. 

The day involved various dynamic outdoor games and activities which fostered friendship, collaboration, teamwork and developed leadership skills. Fourteen youths attended. 

A discussion was had about programs throughout the new year. The girls were happy with the idea of ‘Social Saturdays’ where they get to meet more often and plan activities, and learn in the process.

In future the one thing we encourage participants to do is to be one time so that the program is not delayed. 

Feedback from the participants:

“We wanted to have some fun and not be stuck at home”
“Coming here gave us break from house chores”
“We liked the races, games and enjoyed shared food”
“It was fun to socialise and meet new people”

 

Youthful Recipes of Life Update

Last week the second “Recipes of Life” session – organised with Dulwich Centre as a series for youths – was held. The idea is to provide a platform for the young girls to express any family issues they face after coming to Australia.

The focus of this session was a discussion around ways young girls can address issues when dealing with parents and provide tips. These tips will later be put together as a resource that will be helpful for other parents and young girls in similar situation.

The recipe was named “Fixing the Family”.

The session provided participants space to discuss and share issues that concern them. Most had similar issues but different ways to find solutions. It was based on many factors such as culture, family values and more. It will be interesting to see how all this unfolds when we discuss this recipe from the girls at the next session with mums.

Feedback

“The session was helpful”

“We were able to express and comment”

“Never thought before things that we discussed and expressed today”

“Discussed things that we never spoke before outside in a group”

Top 10 Most Popular MWASA Posts from 2019

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA has continued growing a diverse and supportive online audience throughout 2019.

The Facebook page now has over 1.2K Likes!

The email subscription option for service providers has been well received and new friends are regularly subscribing through our website.

This is terrific as the internet is the fastest and easiest way for us to share information about our programs and upcoming events!

We were able to see which of our posts were most popular in 2019 – meaning which of our posts you have engaged with the most by viewing, clicking and reacting. 

Scroll down to see our number 1 most popular post of 2019, and along the way remember what a wonderful year 2019 was…

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SETS Citizenship Session Specific to Syrians

Recently MWASA hosted a Citizenship Session under the SETS (Settlement Engagement and Transition Support) program, specifically for Syrian clients. The presenter had requested for it to be Syrians only, due to visa differences in clients from Syria and Afghanistan.

The presenter was Okke Velzeboer, from the Department of Home Affairs. Okke is the South Australian Community Liaison Officer in the Citizenship and Multicultural Programs Division. 

The session covered the rights, responsibilities and privileges of being an Australian citizen. Okke also went through the eligibility criteria, application process, documents required, interview and citizenship test and application processing duration.

The ladies enjoyed the session and had lots of questions to ask from the presenter. The session was fun and also very informative and useful as the ladies will soon be eligible to apply for citizenship.

Commemorating 125 years since Suffrage with The Hon Irene Pnevmatikos MLC

Muslim Women’s Association of SA was invited by the Hon Irene Pnevmatikos MLC (Member of the Legislative Council) to tour Parliament House last week, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia.

It was truly a wonderful experience for the women coming from diverse cultural backgrounds. For some it was their first time visiting Parliament House, which is a whole experience from arriving at the front steps through to leaving enriched with historical and political knowledge.

The afternoon was full of learning and discovery.

Thank you, Irene, for hosting us!

Multicultural Community Event hosted by the Hon Jing Lee MLC

Jing Lee’s Multicultural Community Event was a very well attended and successful celebration at the Norwood Town Hall, accompanied by delightful cultural performances.

Amid the big crowd of multicultural community representatives, the Hon Jing Lee was – as always – a warm and welcoming host!

When Premier Marshall took to the stage, he highly commended Jing Lee on her outstanding achievement as the Assistant Minister to the Premier and this was greeted with loud applause.

There were 10 Liberal MPs (Members of Parliament) present at this year’s annual occasion. 

AMRC 2019 AGM

It was truly a privilege to be part of the AMRC (Australian Migrant Resource Centre) AGM (Annual General Meeting) last week.

AMRC have done a great job with the youth. They are all groomed to be future leaders in South Australia as well as in their respective communities.

Well done AMRC!

Students ACE Salad Making

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Last week the ACE Students engaged themselves in promoting a healthy lifestyle by making a variety of sumptuous mouth watering salads using different combinations of freshly cut vegetables dressed with sauces and spices.

The overall lesson learned during the class was to add a portion of fresh salad vegetables into the daily diet.

The salads were then arranged into a colourful and enticing salad bar. Who doesn’t love a salad bar?!

The students showed a lot of enthusiasm in participating and exhibiting their creativity and skills. In fact, each participant seemed to be a connoisseur of salad owing to her own tastes and blending. 

In short, it was a wonderful get together and a fun activity which shows that our students are not only good in gaining knowledge and learning skills but have the ability of put them into practice with a vibrant performance and presentation.
 

Migration Museum a Must at any Age!

A visit to the Migration Museum was scheduled on 26 September 2019 as part of the CHSP (Commonwealth Home Support Program).

The excursion coincided with the celebration of the 22nd year of the SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival, where 8,000 artists participated in 700 exhibitions across Adelaide and regional SA.

Ten members participated in this event.

The group started with a leisurely walk to the Migration Museum. The weather was excellent and the 30 minute walk was good exercise for the seniors.

The Migration Museum offers a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions and activities. The exhibitions that were showcased on the day include:

  • Portraits of Elizabeth explores the migration experience and the resilience of community through the stories of Elizabethans, both past and present.
  • Island Welcome Exhibition explores contemporary jewellery as a gesture of greeting in response to current Australian immigration and refugee policy.
  • Leaving Britain & Establishing South Australia explores what it was like for British settlers making the journey to South Australia and taking the first steps towards building a new colony.

Next, the seniors visited the Art Museum which showcased the exhibition “Love From Damascus: The art of devotion in Islam”. The exhibition explores the divine and worldly aspects of Islamic devotion expressed artistically over one thousand years. 

A Cross Cultural Exploration of Women’s Rights Through Time

One Saturday towards the end of September, MWASA (Muslim Women’s Association of SA) held “A cross-cultural exploration of women’s rights through time to commemorate 125 years of women’s suffrage in SA”. 

The event was held in the Bradley Forum of the Hawke Centre, on the UniSA City West campus. UniSA allows the centre to be used for educational free community events and we acknowledge and thank them for that. 

The event was opened with a lovely Quran recitation from Sister Ulfat. She recited paragraph 35 of the chapter Al Ahzab (known in English as The Confederates) in the original Arabic and then the English translation was shared so that everybody could fully appreciate the meaning. For your convenience we have included the paragraph here. 

Following the Quran recitation, Chairperson Dora Abbas welcomed the gathering with a few dignified words. 

Each speaker of the day was introduced by a supremely elegant MC: Sister Peta Abdalla

The Guest of Honour for this event was Katrine Hildyard MP. Katrine works tirelessly towards bettering the lives of all South Australians. In Katrine’s fight for a fair and inclusive society she has actively encouraged and made space for CaLD women to have their voice heard in parliament. She shared with us a few words about her own personal journey and experiences as a female Member of Parliament. Everyone present was touched by Katrine’s words, she is truly a brave and highly motivated woman. 

Presenting directly on the SA women’s suffrage movement was Mandy Paul. Mandy is Director at the SA Migration Museum and she herself contains an immense wealth of state history. Her speech was accompanied by a slideshow, it was very interesting to put faces to the names of the leading suffragists and their key supporters. Whilst celebrating the achievements of the suffragists, we must acknowledge and respect that the same freedoms were not extended to Aboriginal men and women until much later. We are grateful for and enriched by Mandy’s unbiased talk. 

Presenting a Muslim woman’s perspective on the SA women’s suffrage movement was Melati Lum. Melati Lum is a practising lawyer specialising in public law and criminal prosection, an Australian/Malay/Chinese Muslim mum, and author of the Ayesha Dean mystery series for children. In her spare time, she is working on her next novel for a young adult audience. Melati brought several historical Muslim women to life for the audience by recounting some monumental achievements. There is a misconception that Islam oppresses women, when in reality it is humans who oppress each other and rather Islamic guidelines provide structure where a woman can be heard and be successful with her education and/or business empire. 

Proceedings were concluded with an opportunity for all attendees to network over refreshments. 

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Event Feedback

Everybody had the opportunity to provide feedback after the event. A template was provided asking specifically how satisfied people were with everything from promotions before the event, to the venue and seating, to each of the speeches. We can proudly say that we received 5 out of 5 across the board! 

Event Photos

For more information about the Suffragists

Office for Women Anniversary of Suffrage page

Office for Women Suffrage Fact Sheet

Centre of Democracy Fact Sheet

October Beach Walk

Muslim Women’s Association of SA had scheduled a Sunday afternoon beach walk* as an opportunity for those who are unable to come into the office during the week to come together and chat and get some exercise in the sea breeze. 

MWASA Team member Amanda is a qualified and experienced Personal Trainer. Before the walk Amanda led the group through a short dynamic warm up, while explaining the importance of the movements. Many people stretch before working out and although there are many schools of thought in the fitness world, there is science to suggest that a dynamic warm up consisting of repetitive movements is the safer option, and that the long and slow stretches are best left until the end of the workout. The simple analogy used is that there is a sensor light in the muscle: when the muscle feels motion it is switched on and can protect itself, when there isn’t much motion like in the long and slow stretches, the sensor will switch off to allow the stretch. Like a stretched out piece of elastic that no longer holds things in place, going into a workout with a stretched out muscle can potentially increase the risk of injury. 

During the walk, we talked about daily steps and the devices used to track them. The idea that someone needs to take 10,000 steps every day in order to maintain optimum health has been around for a long time. This walk from Henley Beach Jetty to Grange Jetty and back was around 9,000 steps. This was a good experiment for the ladies to know how the daily steps feel and how long they actually take. 

Upon arriving back at Henley Beach, everyone made straight for the coffee! Although Henley Square was crowded, a large bench became available and the ladies were able to sip on coffee, eat some snacks and chat in the lovely combination of warm sun and fresh, cool breeze. 

One of the mums brought her children and they also had a great time playing, looking for shells on the beach and eating fruit. 

The ladies look forward to more walking and talking in the future! 

*This was a free event for members and their children