THE DIVERSITY CONFERENCE 2000

National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights


Joumana Elmatrah
Islamic Women's Welfare Council of Victoria

Exploring Historical Concepts of Leadership Among Muslim Women and Defining the New Arena to Lead

Abstract
This paper will explore the relationship between Muslim women and leadership, and the changing facets of this relationship historically. It will also explore the connection between secular and religious leadership and the development of the secular leader on 'religious' issues for Muslim women.

The orientation of leaders among Muslim women has historically been marked by a concern for individual and community rights and the desire for a collective vision for Muslim women. The implementation of this form of leadership among Muslim women in Victoria today, its impact on their wider community and the provision of welfare services allocated to them will also be explored.

Bionote
Currently working as a Community Development worker at the Islamic Women's Welfare Council of Vic. Training as a Psychologist (although I have not registered). Psychological training in counselling and psychotherapy. Between 1990-1992 worked as a research assistant on various projects designed to assess the relevance and accessibility of welfare services for young people from a non-English speaking background and for young women. In 1992, coordinated a one-day conference for young women, designed and facilitated by young women on domestic violence and sexual assault. In 1993-1994 worked as a casemanager at the Gill Hostel for Men as a support worker. 1995-1999 worked as a counsellor and then managed the counselling service for young people with a history of Trauma and homelessness.

Presentation Type
30 min paper


University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

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