TIME: 2:00PM-3:30PM


Women of Colour Australia
is a newly established not-for-profit organisation run by women of colour for women of colour. We exist to champion Australia’s women of colour through programs of education, community support initiatives, and advocacy work.

We are very excited to invite you to our launch event. You will learn about our current plans, meet our board and be the first to find out the results of our first-ever Women of Colour in the Workplace survey.

In partnership with  Multicultural NSW,  we will also be hosting a timely and very important panel discussion: Women of Colour in Leadership: Beyond Default Views and Perspectives.

Get to know, learn from and celebrate some of Australia’s most prominent and most inspiring Women of Colour from a wide array of backgrounds and lived experiences. These women lead with compassion and kindness in a world where sometimes outrage and the dehumanisation of the most marginalised seem to dominate the conversations. These women are fierce advocates of their respective communities and we are deeply honoured and humbled to be hearing their stories up close and personal.

COVID 19 laid bare the inequalities and injustices in our society. It exposed the glaring reality that women from diverse, minority backgrounds are disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

It is our hope that our event will serve as a way to come together as a community, have open and honest conversations about our struggles as Women of Colour leaders, celebrate our successes and forge a way forward to a more equal and equitable COVID 19 world for all Women of Colour.

As the event is capped at 80 attendees, in line with our mission, we are keen to offer the opportunity to attend to as many women of colour as possible. If you are an ally: we value you and your continuing support , and ask that on this occasion you show up in solidarity by making a donation, if you are able to, to our organisation. We are an emerging NFP, and any financial contributions, however small, will help us a lot. We thank you for your generosity.


Meet the speakers


Tasneem Chopra

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Tasneem Chopra, OAM

A Cross-cultural Consultant, Tasneem Chopra addresses issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion across organisational leadership, including intersectionality within government, corporate, and community sectors.

For her efforts in cultural competence and community engagement,  she was acknowledged with an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) in 2020. This follows her being named an Anti-Racism Champion by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2019.

A TEDxMelbourne presenter, Tasneem has featured on BBC World, Al Jazeera and ABC’s Q&A, The Drum, and Radio Melbourne where she is a regular panellist and sought after commentator. 


Tasneem is also the inaugural Ambassador of Women of Colour Australia

Carly Stanley,
Churchill Fellow

Carly Stanley is the CEO and Founder of Deadly Connections, an Aboriginal community-led non-profit service providing support to Aboriginal people, families, and communities - particularly those impacted by the child protection and/or justice system.


Carly is a proud Wiradjuri Woman, born and raised on Gadigal land. She has spent the last 20 years working in both government and non-government agencies across a range of areas whilst being an active member of her Aboriginal community which has provided Carly with a strong cultural/community connection, knowledge, and skills to establish and grow Deadly Connections. In addition to Carly’s professional expertise, Carly also holds a Masters of Criminology and other academic qualifications that complement her practical acumen.

Carly Stanley

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Mariam Veiszadeh

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Mariam Veiszadeh

Mariam Veiszadeh is a Lawyer,  Diversity & Inclusion Practitioner, Advocate, and a Social Commentator. Proud of her refugee background, Mariam is passionate about championing the rights of minority groups in an endeavour to normalise ‘difference’ or rather, normality.


Mariam is an Ambassador for Welcome to Australia, which aims to provide a positive voice in the public conversation around asylum seekers, refugees, and multiculturalism.


As a fearless advocate, Mariam is accustomed to being both an advocate against and a victim of xenophobia. In 2015, she made global headlines as she endured months of cyber-bullying for simply speaking out against bigotry. Australians responded by rallying behind Mariam using the hashtag #IstandwithMariam.

Juliana Nkrumah, AM

Juliana Nkrumah, AM is the founder of African Women Australia.  She is also the Domestic and Family Violence Project Manager at Settlement Services International.


For over 10 years, Juliana coordinated the NSW Police Force’s Multicultural Community Liaison Officer Program. She led NSW and Australia’s work on Female Genital Mutilation for 11 years and continues to maintain subject matter expertise on this cultural practice and its impact on communities in Diaspora.


Juliana has served on Boards to improve the status of women, including YWCA Australia, Australian National Committee on Refugee Women, Act for Peace, African Ministerial Committee, and the Eminent Australians Committee that reviewed the Australian Citizenship Test. 

Juliana Nkrumah

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Antoinette Lattouf

Antoinette Lattouf is a multi-award-winning journalist who has worked in television, radio, and online news and current affairs at Network 10, ABC, Triple J, and SBS.


She is the Director and co-founder of Media Diversity Australia. In 2019, Antoinette was named among AFR’s 100 Women of Influence. In 2021, she was awarded a Women’s Agenda Leadership Award. Her first book, ‘How to lose friends and influence white people’ will be published by Penguin Random House in early 2022.


Antoinette is also part of the Judith Nielson Institute For Journalism and Ideas’ International Advisory Council. She is an Ambassador for mental health organisation the Gidget Foundation and the Australian Thyroid Foundation.

Connect with Antoinette

Connect with Kat

Kat Henaway

Katja (Kat) Henaway is a descendant of the Meriam and Mua peoples of the Torres Strait Islands.  She is the Founder and CEO of Women's Business, whose mission is to amplify and empower Women of Colour in Leadership.


She also founded Politics in Colour to enable people from underserved communities into pathways to political leadership. 


Kat is passionate about creating culturally safe ways to engage and support women of colour.  She is a NSW Business Connect Advisor providing advice to small businesses across the state. 


Kat currently holds leadership roles with Women and Leadership Australia and Women for Election Australia.

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Who is this event for?
As the event is capped at 80 attendees, in line with our mission, we are keen to offer the opportunity to attend to as many women of colour as possible. If you are an ally: we value you and your continuing support and ask that on this occasion you show up in solidarity by making a donation , if you are able to, to our organisation. We are a very young NFP, under twelve months, and any financial contributions, however small, will help us a lot. We thank you for your generosity.

Does your organisation have a DGR status?
We are a registered charity with the ACNC. We are working towards securing our DGR status.

Why is the event capped at 80 attendees?
The room set-up based on cabaret seating (attendees are facing the stage) is capped at 80 pax.

Will the event be live-streamed?
We are hoping to broadcast the event specifically the panel discussion via FB Live. Stay tuned for more details. You can also follow along and/or participate using our official hashtag  #WOCLeadership. 

How do I get to the State Library of NSW?
By public transport
The closest train stations are Martin Place (200 metres) and St James (450 metres). Ferries arrive at Circular Quay which is only a short walk away. The Sydney Explorer bus stops outside the Library on Macquarie Street.

By car
The nearest parking station is Sydney Hospital, located on Hospital Road.

If you have a Mobility Parking sticker, you can use the parking spaces at Shakespeare Place, on the corner of Macquarie Street and the Cahill Expressway.

Is the event accessible?
There will be an AUSLAN interpreter on the day. Here's the link to the State Library of NSW's Accessibility Guide.

Will there be refreshments?
Afternoon tea (cakes, coffee, and tea) will be provided.

What's your COVID safety plan?
In the event of an outbreak, we will move the event online. Here's the link to the State Library of NSW's COVID Safety Plan.

How can I contribute as a business owner/company?

We would love to partner with businesses/companies aligned with our values. Email us at hello@womenofcolour.org.au for more details.

Still got more questions? Email us at hello@womenofcolour.org.au.

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We exist to champion Australia’s Women of Colour.


"Women of Color is not a biological designation. It is a solidarity definition. A commitment to work in collaboration with other oppressed women of color who have been minoritized. It is a term that has a lot of power." Loretta Ross
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Women - Transgender and cisgender, all those who experience or have experienced oppression as women, including non-binary and gender non-conforming people and all those who identify as women. Self-definition is at the discretion of the individual.
Definition credit: wire.org.au


A - always centre the impacted
L - listen and learn from those who live in oppression
L - leverage your privilege
Y - yield the floor
*Mnemonic credit: Kayla Reed Executive Director ACTION St. Louis Follow Kayla Reed on Twitter @iKaylaReed

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We acknowledge the Wallumattagal clan of the Darug nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which Women of Colour Australia is situated. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge and honour the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with whom we stand in solidarity. We acknowledge that as settlers on this stolen Aboriginal land, we are beneficiaries of the dispossession, genocide, and ongoing colonial violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We believe that it is our collective responsibility to help dismantle the structural inequities and systemic barriers oppressing the original inhabitants of this land. This land is and always will be Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.

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