Resilient Women Against Prejudice Motivated Crimes & the Parenting for Peace Project

Date/Time: Mon 19 Mar / 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Menzies Building 11 Room N402

School of Social Sciences


Resilient Women Against Prejudice Motivated Crimes & the Parenting for Peace Project

April Robinson will present on: “Resilient Women Against Prejudice Motivated Crimes”

Abstract: The Resilient Women project has been the culmination of three years of work with Muslim women who have experienced prejudiced based violence. The project aims to empower individuals and communities, educate and create tools and strategies as a way to counter the pervasive Islamaphobia affecting Muslim women. Also, this project aims to bring to light the resilience found within a context of solidarity and social cohesion which involves civil society and communities working together for safety and equality.

Ambreen Mirza will present on: “Parenting for Peace project” 

Abstract: The Parenting for Peace Project was developed by the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human rights in 2016 and undertakes a preventative approach in countering extremism in Australia. Despite the wealth of resources and research that has been dedicated to understanding and combating violent extremism, the role of women, and mothers in particular, has received no meaningful engagement in efforts to eradicate extremism in Australia.


Ambreen Mirza is the Programs Manager at the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights. She has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Psychology and has worked internationally in the community development and human rights field. For the last seven years, she has worked directly with migrant and refugee women in Melbourne running community education programs to develop their leadership capacity, enhance self-agency and increase community participation. Ambreen is also involved in research projects at the Centre, looking at factors that foster resilience in Muslim families as well as barriers and access to receiving trauma-informed care for Muslim women who have experienced family and/ or sexual violence.

April Robinson has worked in the inter-faith space for the last four years, coordinating an array of projects that look to identity and belonging, not necessarily within a religious framework. April has collaborated with community and arts based organisations, utilising artistic and social justice mechanismis to provide a space for people to articulate their sense of identity and belonging. Some recent projects April has been involved with include: co-cordinating open-air inter-faith/cultural dining events; coordinating the Resilient Women project; and speaking at an inter-governmental conference on PVE and building relationships between government and CSOs.

Monday 19 March

11:00am – 1:00pm

Monash University
Room N402,
(Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk,
Clayton Campus

For further information, please contact  Lesley Pruitt on 99050021

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