The effects of discrimination and mental health [CLOSED]

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As part of International Day of Peace 2020, this webinar will highlight and unpack the specific impact discrimination, including race and religious discrimination can have on mental health. The panel will combine experts in the fields of Psychology, Anti-Discrimination Law, Academia and Islamophobia to share information, resources and coping mechanisms to deal with the toll of discrimination. 

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Unpacking the impact of discrimination on mental health, understanding the law, and the available services and resources when you experience racism.

As part of International Day of Peace 2020, this webinar will highlight and unpack the specific impact discrimination, including race and religious discrimination can have on mental health. The panel will combine experts in the fields of Psychology, Anti-Discrimination Law, Academia and Islamophobia to share information, resources and coping mechanisms to deal with the toll of discrimination. 

There will be opportunity for questions.  Join MWA on this important online event on the 24th of September 2020.

 

Panelists:

Elizabeth Wing – Executive Manager, Anti-Discrimination NSW

Hajeh Maha Krayem Abdo OAM – CEO, MWA

Dr Derya Iner – Senior Lecturer and Research Coordinator, Centre for Islamic Studies, Charles Sturt University

Nasreen Hanifi – President & Psychologist, Mission of Hope

Who: Women 

What: Online webinar

When: Thursday 24th September 2020 12pm – 1.30pm

Where: Online 

 

About Hajeh Maha Krayem Abdo 

Maha Abdo OAM is a passionate advocate for social justice and uses the common language of faith to clarify in the community how Islam regards justice and equality. She serves as the CEO of Muslim Women Australia (MWA), a community-based organisation that caters to the educational, religious, social, recreational and welfare needs of Muslim women from all backgrounds. 

Maha knows the migrant experience firsthand having moved from Lebanon to Australia with her family in the 1960s. She has completed a Bachelor of Social Work, a Masters in Social Science, and Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution. 

Today Maha represents and gives voice to Muslim women abroad as well as in Australia. She advises government on policy, services and strategies to create a harmonious community for Muslim and non-Muslim women. In 2016 Maha was the NSW Seniors Week Ambassador as well as the BreastScreen NSW Ambassador. In 2015 Maha was a finalist for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Medal, and in 2014 she was the NSW Human Rights Ambassador for 2014-15.

About Elizabeth Wing

Elizabeth Wing is an experienced lawyer, conciliator, manager and public servant.  She is currently Executive Manager of Anti-Discrimination NSW. She is responsible for the general management of ADNSW within the Department of Communities and Justice. Elizabeth commenced working with the Anti-Discrimination NSW in 2002 and was Acting President from January 2016 to August 2017.

After graduating from Sydney University, Elizabeth was admitted as a Solicitor and commenced 8 years of practice in the private sector. She subsequently went to work for state and federal government agencies and the community legal sector, including senior roles at the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Health Care Complaints Commission and as the Principal Solicitor of Women’s Legal Resources Centre.  Elizabeth has worked extensively in regulatory bodies for over 20 years. 

She has a lived experience of discrimination and is deeply committed to confronting discrimination and injustice in all areas of life. 

About Dr Derya Iner 

Derya Iner is Senior Lecturer and Research Coordinator at the Centre for Islamic Studies, Charles Sturt University, teaching and researching subjects on contemporary issues related to Islam, Islamic cultures and Muslims. 

She completed her PhD in Cultural Studies and Gender Studies in Wisconsin-Madison (USA). Her research focuses on Islamophobia, especially women and children’s experience with Islamophobia, Western Muslim Youth and Religious identity, and early twentieth-century Ottoman intellectual history. 

She is the chief investigator and editor of the Islamophobia in Australia Reports, which grabbed worldwide attention by reaching out to potential 730 million international audiences by media coverage (reported by CSU media metrics). Derya is also executive board member of the Islamophobia Register Australia.

About Nasreen Hanifi

 

Nasreen Hanifi is a qualified and trained Psychologist who currently runs her own private practice. In the last five years, she has been actively involved in the Islamic community working as the President of Mission of Hope and the Director of Clinical Operations for Hayat House which is a drug and alcohol service. 

She has worked in various fields over the years, from the Government sector to Not-For-Profit to the corporate sector. She has worked as an Organisational Psychologist for an organisation in Melbourne before moving back to Sydney and working in the disability sector as a Consultant Psychologist. She has also worked as the Senior Clinician and Manager of the Community Counselling team in the Drug Health Services team in South Western Sydney Local Health District before moving into private practice where she runs her services. She is extremely passionate about the drug and alcohol sector and has completed her Masters with her thesis focus on the drug and alcohol area of practice. She is currently working with South Western Sydney Health District as a Consultant on their new drug and alcohol initiative and is an Approved Counsellor with Victim Services NSW. 

She is also working on her PhD which focuses on compassion and theology from a neuroscience perspective. Presently, she is the Director of Clinical Services for My Ability Care and is a Board-Approved Clinical Supervisor for new Psychology graduates and HDR students.

Registration: Via MWA website. Participants will be contacted and emailed a link to the online program.

For more information contact us on 02 9750 6916 or info@mwa.org.au

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