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Public Awareness Campaign

Face Covering Legislation in NSW

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MWA has been involved in consultation with the NSW Ombudsman in regards to the Review on the Face Covering Legislation in NSW for over a year.

The NSW Ombudsman’s report following his review of the use of Division 4, Part 3 of the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 was tabled in Parliament on the 10th September 2013.

The Final Report can be accessed by clicking on the link below


Maha Krayem Abdo OAM, Executive Officer of MWA says people in the Muslim community are supportive of the legislation because it clarifies police roles in NSW.

"I'd like to have less laws and more social interaction and awareness but unfortunately it's not happening. So this particular law or legislation when it came in I don't see it at all as a tool of division. Rather I see it as a tool of recognising that these are the issues that we need to work with."

The complete transcript of the SBS World News Report "Niqab laws barely used, review finds" on the 13th of September 2013 can be accessed by clicking on the link below:



If you would like more information on the law pertaining to niqab and face coverings, or would like to know more about implementation of community education regarding this law that MWA is currently undertaking, please contact us here.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 16:07

Muslim women shocked at Mr Abbotts attacks on religious dress

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The Muslim Women Association has released a media release in response to recent comments made by Leader of the Opposition Mr Tony Abbott on the issue of the dress of Muslim women.
Please click here to read.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013 21:31

MWA Executive Officer Awarded Premiers Multicultural Community Medal

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The Muslim Women Association is humbly proud to announce that Ms Maha Krayem Abdo OAM was one of five individuals to be awarded the prestigious Inaugural Premiers Multicultural Community Medal on Wednesday April 10th 2013.

The Hon. Premier Barry O’ Farrell explained that “tonight is an opportunity to honour the champions of the NSW multicultural community”.

President of the Muslim Women Association, Joumana Harris shared, “On behalf of the staff and management of the Muslim Women Association, we would like to extend a very warm and heartfelt congratulations to a selfless and dedicated leader. A woman who has carried and spread the message of mercy and compassion with unshakable strength. Your recognition last night was a proud moment for all Muslim women as we reflect on many years of pioneering and mentoring. Three generations of Muslim women have gained from your three decades of campaigning for a more culturally and religiously inclusive society. An inspiration!”

To read the press release please click here.

Three generations of Muslim women attend Premier's Harmony Dinner:

(L to R) Joumana Harris, MWA President; Hon. Premier Barry O'Farrell; Maha Krayem Abdo OAM, MWA Executive Officer; Nemat Kharboutli, MWA Project Officer

The five medal recipients with the Hon. Premier Barry O'Farrell

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:28

Press Statement: Weekend Protest

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The Muslim Women Association has issued a press statement in response to the protests that occurred on Saturday 15th September 2012 in the city of Sydney.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 17:23

Community Leaders Meeting Summary

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A community meeting for Imams, community leaders and activists was held to address the ongoing issue of the Niqab/Burqa ban. The meeting was called by the United Muslim Women Association to brief the local community on the ongoing Niqab/Burqa ban issue. Held at the Rydges Hotel, Bass Hill on Tuesday 28 September 2010, the meeting represented a landmark advancement in the open discussion of issues pertaining to Muslim women in the community.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 17:24

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