Hand of friend­ship

UNI STU­DENTS REACH OUT TO MUS­LIMS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Su­sanne Reilly

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.”

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek d438860a

Stu­dents Ter­ence Ge­orge, Re­becca Pater­son, Khyl Hardy, Clare Fran­cis, Isse Mo­hamed and Thomas Marcinkowski take part in a halal bar­be­cue at Curtin Univer­sity.

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