Farah Farouque

Farah Farouque.

Farah Farouque is board chair of The Social Studio, a social enterprise tapping into the design talents of people from refugee backgrounds. The Studio, based in Collingwood, includes a fashion school and clothing label and is a place of belonging and creative development for Melbourne’s emerging communities, especially young people. Farah became a founding board member of the organisation in 2009 when she was a senior journalist at The Age. She now shapes campaigns and public advocacy for the national anti-poverty group, the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Farah, who migrated to Australia from Sri Lanka as a child, featured last year in the Islamic Council of Victoria’s campaign #25Muslim Women.

Farah Farouque.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.