Welcome to my very first blog! I’m super excited to be launching this brand new website as I embark on the journey of cultural diversity consulting focused on domestic and family violence. The aim of the blog is to share knowledge, information, research and experience as it pertains to this topic AND other interests, most that relate but many that may not. The blog will also be a reflection of myself as a person with all that makes me who I am.

You can expect me to share on topics such as human rights, gender and justice, education of women and girls, inclusion and harmony, sustainable development, unconscious bias, racism and discrimination as it presents in various forms and intersectionality. These are some of the topics that are of interest to me, which you can expect me to blog about, aside from my core work of cultural competency in the context of domestic and family violence. I approach all these topics from a human rights framework, which is my point of reference. I may also share reflection from learning gained from life experience and research.

I plan to post once per week (most likely on Sunday evenings Western Australian time) to begin with and we’ll see how we go, I will likely increase the volume of blog posts per week as I gain traction, but I’ll be honest with you I’m new to blogging and also not the most technologically sound, BUT I’m learning a lot as I go which is very exciting. I naturally like to engage directly with people and can find technology somewhat impersonal but I know the cyberspace also provides new opportunities for engagement so I’m giving it a go.

So who am I? I live in Western Australia and have done so for the past 10 years since relocating to Perth from Sydney. I originally come from South Sudan although I was born in the north (Sudan) and spent my early childhood in Egypt before being granted refugee status through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and migrated to Australia with my family in 1998. I’m the founder of Diversity Focus, a consulting company focused on providing cultural competency training and consulting services focused on domestic and family violence. I’m super excited about this initiative as I have worked in a range of roles in the area of community development practice and education and both the domestic and family violence education and research space as well as the cultural diversity training space with a range of organizations including government and non-government and tertiary institutions for the past eight years. I am combining these two areas of passion as I see a gap in knowledge addressing this in Australia. As a passionate human rights advocate, I approach this work with great optimism as it aligns with my passion for doing by bit in fostering a safer and more inclusive world for all. I also approach my work from a unique lense that is informed by the lived (refugee) experience, experience as a practitioner and best practice informed by research.

I’m also a mum of two gorgeous kids, a 4.5-year-old son and a 1.5-year-old daughter, fun and challenging ages but loving the joy that comes with it all (and yes I’ll admit the stress and challenges of juggling career and family). I also teach at Curtin University as a Sessional Academic with the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work in a range of multidisciplinary units and have done so for the past 2.5 years and loving it! I’m also currently doing research with ASeTTS (non-profit torture and trauma specialist agency) in partnership with the University of Western Australia looking into best practice principles to underpin interventions for perpetrators of domestic and family violence from refugee backgrounds. I also facilitate the DV-Alert training for Lifeline Australia on a contractual basis as a training consultant. Because that wasn’t a crazy enough schedule, I am also currently enrolled to do my doctorate in the Faculty of Humanities at Curtin on a very part time basis. My research is exploring educational opportunities and outcomes for South Sudanese girls in WA with a comparative study of girls in South Sudan. I’m really looking forward to reducing my workload in the next two months for the sake of my sanity and trying to actually have a more ‘balanced’ life. I have a super supportive hubby, which makes a HUGE difference (shout out to my boo!).

Aside from the joys of being a young mum, educator, student, consultant and researcher, I am also a very artistic person or at least I used to be when I did art. I always loved art in high school and thought I would embark on a romantic career as a visual artist. Plans changed though when I discovered my true passion and purpose…human rights. So why human rights? I guess that’s another blog for another day, let’s just say for now that an in-class exercise in year 7 led me to a traumatized discovery of the plight of women and girls in developing countries and the rest is history. At the age of 13, I made a firm commitment to live my life to fight for the rights of women and girls.

Thanks for taking the time to read my first blog I really appreciate your time. I will be honest and sometimes a little uncensored in my opinions, I hope your ok with that? This post is very informal and it is so very deliberately as I’m having a conversation and introducing myself. The tone of my blog posts will be influenced by the content and the context of what I am sharing. Next week, I will be sharing on the importance of cultural competency skills in the context of domestic and family violence. That’s all from me for this week. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them below. Don’t forget to like up on Facebook.

Thank you

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