Stories of Racism Podcast Series

Anti Racism Empowerment for Women - Women Won’t be Silent Project. These stories are from migrant women to Australia about their experiences of Racism. A partnership between Living & Learning Pakenham Inc and Wellsprings For Women aims to empower diverse women in the South-East of Melbourne to respond with confidence to racism they encounter and to help build anti-racism resilience in their communities. The project provided activities in a culturally safe environment that collected stories and converted them into new media messages for sharing across all of the diverse communities.

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Tuesday Dec 13, 2022

Fatima was born and spent most of her formative years in the Philippines. She migrated with her immediate family to Naarm (Melbourne) when she was 9 years old. 
Fatima’s journey with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures is underpinned by her own Aboriginal children ensuring that knowledge is imparted, and Indigeneity is respected. Achieving this means that reconciliation moves forward; that injustice is redressed; that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island history takes place as a proud shared story of Australia; that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are treated as equals.
Fatima brings creative and design thinking within First Nations and its Peoples Cultural protections including Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Properties (ICIP), moral and copyrights and best practice values to engagement.

Monday Jun 20, 2022

Samar was born and grew up in Lebanon to a Sudanese father and an Egyptian mother and says she is a "Lebanese girl in a Sudanese body".
Born during the Civil war in Lebanon, Samar moved to Qatar in her University years with her parents and then moved to Australia with her husband as skilled migrants.
Samar's story of Racism begins as a child in Lebanon through to her adult life in Australia, not being accepted because of her dark complexion in Lebanon and but also not being accepted by the Sudanese community because of her accent,  but she has high hopes for her children and the future.

Thursday Jun 16, 2022

Prachi is currently a full-time university student studying Medicine at Monash University.
She is of Indian background and migrated to Australia as a child.
She’s passionate about representing the local youth and ensuring that their needs of our increasingly diverse community are catered for. 

Thursday Jun 16, 2022

This is Miriam's story and her experience of racism, both as the receiver and the giver.
Miriam is a 50+ professional woman working within the community sector,  primarily with refugees and asylum seekers.
Miriam migrated to Australia, from New Zealand, in the early 80s and has 2 adult Australian born daughters and 2 grand-children.  Her hopes for the future are for a World where differences are embraced and not seen as a threat, and where we can be proud of heritage and can celebrate together.

Sunday Jun 12, 2022

This podcast series is proudly bought to you by Living & Learning Pakenham and Wellsprings for Women and the Victorian government’s initiative to address racism and how to tackle it on a day to day basis.
During this podcast series we will hear from 4 migrant women who have agreed to share their experiences of racism from blatant hate speech to unconscious prejudices, how they deal with it and their hopes for the future!
“You are not born racist. You are born into a racist society. Racism is learnt and like anything else, if you can learn it, you can unlearn it. But some people choose not to unlearn it…...”-- Jane Elliott

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