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SHE ROARS: Muslim Women- My art, My activism

  • Deakin's Edge Federation Square Melbourne Australia (map)

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Muslim Collective presents its second annual SHE ROARS event in conjunction with SalamFest.

This years panel will bring together three Muslim women artists/activist to delve into questions about female expression and art, and women's voices in Muslim and other spaces. Together with our prominent guests we will explore the experiences and messages through their art.


Hanifa Deen (writer):

Hanifa Deen is a Melbourne-based award-winning author and social commentator of Pakistani-Muslim ancestry who writes narrative non-fiction. She has held a number of high profile positions including Hearing Commissioner with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission; Deputy Commissioner of the Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission of WA, and was a director on the Board of SBS for five years.


  • Award-winning Caravanserai: Journey Among Australian Muslims(1st Edition Allen & Unwin 1995, Revised 2nd edition Fremantle Arts Centre Press 2003))

  • Broken Bangles; shortlisted -Western Australian Premier’s Award (Anchor book, Transworld Publishers 1998), (Penguin India 2003)

  • The Crescent and the Pen; HDB (Praeger USA 2006)

  • The Jihad Seminar shortlisted Australian Human Rights Commission, Non-Fiction Literary Award 2008 (UWA Publishing 2008)

  • Ali Abdul v. The King (UWA Publishing, 2008)

  • ­­­On the Trail of Taslima,(Indian Ocean Press 2013)

  • Chpt. ‘My Descent into Purple’. Purple Prose anthology Liz Bryski & R. Robertson (Fremantle Press 2016)

She is the Founding Editor of ‘Sultana’s Dream’, an online magazine written and produced by Australian Muslim women. Her public service career has included:

  • Hearing Commissioner, Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission;

  • Board of Directors, Special Broadcasting Services (SBS);

  • Deputy Commissioner Multicultural & Ethnic Affairs WA;

  • Director Community Education at the inaugural Victorian Ethnic Affairs Commission.

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Ms. Saffaa (artist):

Ms Saffaa is an artist and activist from Saudi Arabia. She was reported to the Saudi authorities when one of her artworks went viral in 2016, and has since become a political dissident. Her work was recently on display at the US Congress. She is shortlisted for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression award. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney and hopes to one day publish her memoir.

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Asia (designer):

Asia is a Melbourne-based entrepreneur and creative director of Asiyam clothing ( She uses fashion as a tool of expression of cultural identity and faith. Early in her career Asia was involved in the Social Studio, a fashion label, shop and cafe that celebrates the style and skills of diverse cultures in Australia. The Social Studio champion diversity, community, education, sustainability, design and ethical business practices creating professional development opportunities for young members of the community who are most in need of a voice, mode of expression and agency. Since then, Asiyam has had the privilege of becoming the first modest label to be in the Melbourne Fashion Week schedule. Asiyam was also a curator guest for the Australian fashion council.The first hijab supermodel Halima Aden is a fan of the designers work and worn Asiyam multiple occasions. The designers work has been seen on Harper's BAZAAR, Elle Magazine, Emirates woman.

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Earlier Event: April 12
Sydney Reading Group - What is Islam?
Later Event: April 30
Muslim Collective Discussion Group