#25MuslimYouth – Saajeda Elsayed

Saajeda Elsayed was destined to be a community leader, although she humbly denies such titles for now. The 19-year-old was born into a family of inspirational local Muslim leaders, so she was inspired to be involved in community work from a very young age. She began volunteering with an Australia-wide youth organisation, Young Muslims of…

#25MuslimYouth – Zainab Aboueid

For Zainab Abou-Eid a unified sense of community is everything, and she will do everything in her power to create a platform for youths to come together and act as one – in hope of a better future. The 19-year-old Australian-Lebanese student is studying a double degree; Law and International relations at LaTrobe University with…

#25MuslimYouth – Eva Maleken

Eva Maleken’s secret is excellence. In everything that she does, because to her, it is the minimum requirement for a believer. Through this life philosophy the 21-year-old Australian-born-Eritrean youth leader co-launched the first ever Muslim youth magazine Podium earlier this year. But Eva’s success story started long before that. She joined Mercy Mission Madinah Australia’s…

#25 Positive Muslim Stories

We have had a significant amount of interest and support from ICV friends and followers of our #25MuslimWomen ‘Positive Muslim Stories’ social media campaign. ICV is honoured to share these inspirational stories by introducing our community champions – who come from all sections of society.    We would like to thank you all for sharing…

#25MuslimWomen – Zeynep Sertel

  I’m the principal at Ilim College Secondary Girls Campus. I was born in Australia and I am Australian-Turkish. I cherish both the Turkish and the Australian culture and enjoy speaking the language of both fluently. I am grateful to Allah for blessing me with many successes from a young age. My parents’ positive encouragement…

#25MuslimWomen – Eugenia Flynn

  My name is Eugenia Flynn and I am a Writer, Arts Worker and Community Organiser working within my multiple communities to create social change through the creative arts and literature. I am the CEO of The Social Studio, a not-for-profit social enterprise that uses fashion and hospitality as a vehicle to improving the lives…

#25MuslimWomen – Manal Shehab

  Manal Shehab identifies herself as an Australian Muslim of Egyptian heritage. She is a proud mother of 8 (7 of which have memorised the Quran in its entirety).That, she describes as her children’s as well as her biggest achievement) An author of children’s books, and faith based counsellor, Manal rewinds by long walks or…

#25MuslimWomen – Sithy Marikar

My name is Sithy Marikar. I am of Sri Lankan origin and speak Shalese, Tamil & English. I migrated to Australia in 1988 with my late husband and two daughters. When we came to Melbourne, there was a need to form a Sri Lankan Muslim Association (USMAA) to cater for the cultural and religious needs…

#25MuslimWomen – Tasneem Chopra

  I work as a cross cultural consultant. I am fifth generation East African born, of Indian origin, raised in country Victoria – and this complexity alone gives rise to much of the work that I do, in the field of identity politics and representing diverse experiences in the mainstream. My ‘mother tongue’ is Gujarati,…