Communication is crucial in every context.
Here at MWASA, we continually try to communicate in the best way: with each other, with our members and with the community. This means trying new ways of communication and seeing if the new way is effective, clear and inclusive.
Sharing information online is a great way to reach a lot of people with no paper waste. Some of our members, however, don’t have regular and reliable access to technology, or struggle with the cyber skills needed to navigate the online world, or find it easier to read in languages other than English.
As a complementary method of communication, we will be updating the new Info Board located in the foyer in the same way that we post online: flyers, photos, milestones and information regarding daily operations. It has already become a mingling and talking point for the ladies coming in for classes. Look for it next time you’re in the office.
As a bonus, look for the spectacular aerial photo of Wilpena Pound, which is around 5 hours north of Adelaide in the Flinders Ranges. As a complete coincidence but as further evidence of the successful multicultural nature of our organisation, one of our members is from the Adnyamathanha tribe – the first nation people of the Flinders Ranges region.
Also located in the foyer, surrounding the Info Board, is a wide variety of information from community service providers and from the Australian Government. Although most booklets are in English, there are some available in different languages. There is information available on parenting, health issues effecting women, local events and attractions and more – and it is all free to take.
Please take note of our opening hours: 9:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday, with the exception of this coming end of year period where we will be closing from Tuesday 24th December and re-opening on Monday 6th January 2020. If coming in to inquire about a specific program, please call our office beforehand on 08 8212 0800, just to make sure that the program coordinator will be free for you. Thankyou.
The Wallaroo Trip planned for Thursday 21st of November was changed to Goolwa, due to the catastrophic bushfire conditions on the Yorke Peninsula the day before. Though disappointed, the seniors understood the situation and were glad that the picnic trip was not cancelled.
Twenty-three seniors went on this trip.
Our first stop over was at Strathalbyn. The River Angas Walkway at this country town was beautiful in spring, with flowers blooming in the rose garden and ducks swimming in the river. The seniors enjoyed strolling along the walkway and visited the antique shops in High Street.
Next, we went to Hindmarsh Island, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest freshwater marina development. We crossed over to the island using the bridge that is connected from Goolwa. The driver took us to Sugars Beach where you can see the mouth of the Murray River – where the river
meets the sea. He gave a brief description about the Murray River which weaves its way through three states – NSW (Yarrawonga), Victoria and South Australia (Goolwa). What a great learning journey.
Subsequently, we arrived at Goolwa Wharf around 1pm. However, due to the unexpected cold and windy weather, the seniors decided to have their picnic lunch in the park instead. They had lunch under a big shelter overseeing the riverfront at Richard Ballard Park. The seniors enjoyed
eating their lunch in the company of their friends. Some even engaged in games and activities while others preferred to explore the town centre. The social interactions indeed had livened up their mood after not being able to go to Wallaroo.
We departed from Goolwa around 2:30pm. The bus driver took a different route back home and passed by Middleton and Port Elliot. It was indeed a scenic and spectacular drive as he took us near the seaside. The sea was beautiful, and we might have spotted two whales in the sea! It was the
highlight of the day.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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!
For more information about the Suffragists
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
MWASA is pleased to announce the new Management Team for 2019-2020.
We would like to kindly remind all members and friends that you still have the opportunity to give feedback on the last year of programs as well as for the coming year.Please spare 1 or 2 minutes of your time to leave us some feedback via this link.YOUR FEEDBACK IS INVALUABLE.
Please send your feedback through by Monday 4th of November 2019.
Immediately following the first Recipes of Life session for Mums earlier this month, the first Recipes of Life session was held with the youth. The program concept remains the same, to support inter-generational relations, however these initial individual sessions can address specific issues that the youth may be facing with settling.
At the start of the session, as an icebreaker, the girls were asked to prepare a tabouli salad. Everyone in the group shared in the different tasks contributing to the salad, so at the end the dish was named Multicultural Tabouli.
Through discussion some issues were highlighted in navigating life in a new country. A family that arrived 3 months ago confirmed that they had faced some issues, although most people are very helpful. Another issue mentioned by the girls was finding halal food and clothing.
This session was well attended with 15 youths attending. The participants said that they enjoyed the session.
Next session the youth will have more clarity on the purpose of the program and will work on developing the Recipes of Life along with some agreed-upon Tips.
Suggestions have been made for future programs, such as a gym session or sporting activity.
The CHSP (Commonwealth Home Support Program) celebrated last Eid al Adha at the Al Salam Centre, Marion Mosque. This program was the first joint effort between MWASA (Muslim Women’s Association of SA) and ISSA (Islamic Society of South Australia). Twenty seniors attended the event. The venue was big and conducive for the event; the seniors found the venue good and accessible.
Sister Nurhayatie presented a talk on the Wisdom of Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca).
Firstly, she talked about the significance of fasting in the first 10 days of Zulhijjah (the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar).
She also quoted the hadith (scriptures detailing the words and actions of Prophet Muhammad SAW*) reported by Abu Qatadah where Prophet Muhammad SAW was asked about fasting on the day of Arafat and Ashura.
Then, she talked about the history of Prophet Muhammad SAW and his trip to Mecca and the beautiful ayah that he would like to convey to his people.
Hajj: As we know it, hajj is the peak of the ibadah (worship) that we can do. It takes a few days to complete it and by taking care of our 5 daily prayers, fasting and charity, hajj will be much more meaningful and special.
Sister Nurhayatie also talked about the last khutba (religious sermon) and the last message from Prophet Muhammad SAW. The participants were very attentive and engaged during the talk. Some shared their experiences from during their Hajj.
The seniors socialized with each other on that day and enjoyed a provided lunch. Flyers for upcoming events were distributed to the seniors on the same day.
Reception by participants:
- The clients enjoyed the session by Sister Nurhayatie. Some have requested for more talks from her. One of the ladies approached her afterwards and had a private chat with her. One lady had tears in her eyes when Sister Nurhayatie gave her speech.
- A couple of the ladies were very happy with the talk, stating that although they had read the ayah many times before they only now have full understanding, making it more meaningful.
- A gentleman was also pleased with the talk, his feedback was that he had enjoyed the talk very much.
*SAW = SalAllahu alayhi wasalam, meaning peace be upon him and usually following the name of Prophet Muhammad