Muslim Empowerment

For the 3rd year in a row LaTrobe University is offering Govt-sponsored leadership training for young Muslims. The training course is advertised in the Crescent Times, April 2010, p2. Participants aged 18-30 will learn over 7 weeks how to engage with all levels of government, business, academia, the professional world, the media and religious and community organisations. Participants will also meet and talk with decision makers in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. The course is fully subsidised with the costs covered by the Commonwealth Govt through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Victorian Govt and Islamic Council of Australia. Last year the Australian Christian Lobby raised concerns that its youth training program, Compass, received no Govt support while this Muslim youth program was fully promoted and supported by the Govt.

In addition, the Australian Federal Police is sponsoring the Muslim Youth Leadership Challenge to be held in May, 2010. This includes a forum for males and females 16-35. Included is a wellness retreat for Muslim women. The US Govt is also promoting Muslim studies through sponsorship via the US State Department. On March 4, 2010 the State Department sponsored the UWA event “Muslim Women in Today’s World, which was hosted by the UWA’s Centre for Muslim States and Societies.

For more on the LaTrobe course (see pg2): http://issuu.com/crescenttimes/docs/aprilissue-crescenttimes-ecopyapril2010

Or: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/dialogue/projects/muslim-leadership/index.html

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POSTED 4 May 2010
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