Hand of friendship
UNI STUDENTS REACH OUT TO MUSLIMS
CURTIN University international relations student Ruby Avis works hard to make people feel included.
This is evident in her latest role as project leader on counter-extremism app 52JU-MAA (the Arabic translation for Friday). The app is aimed at Muslim youths to counter radicalisation efforts of Islamic State.
Ms Avis said the app aimed to increase positive personal traits, with users competing in challenges each Friday.
“It is very positively driven and there are no negative connotations with it,” she said.
Curtin University’s Socialist Alternative club has also come on board.
It recently held a 100 per cent halal barbecue as part of a campaign against Islamophobia.
Organiser Clare Francis said the group Reclaim Australia held rallies across the country against Islam’s ‘threat’ to the Australian way of life.
“But Muslims should be welcome here,” she said.
“I think it’s important for people to take a stand against Reclaim Australia.”
According to the 2011 census, there was a high concentration of Islamic people in the City of Belmont, with 5.3 per cent of the population identifying as Muslim.
South East Metropolitan commu- nity engagement co-ordinator Sergeant Matt Sharp said WA police worked hard to ensure all people, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, felt safe in the community.
“Our Local Police Team’s work closely among cultural groups and schools to promote community safety messages,” he said.
“No matter what country you were born in, no matter what age you are, no matter what language you speak, you have the right to feel safe.”
Students Terence George, Rebecca Paterson, Khyl Hardy, Clare Francis, Isse Mohamed and Thomas Marcinkowski take part in a halal barbecue at Curtin University.