Monday, 26 April 2010

what i've been doing

no anzac day post this year, pretty much on purpose. having been to a few of the ceremonies, i find that i'm uncomfortable with them. while i'm happy to recognise the lives lost, i don't think that a full picture of history is being given at these events. i guess i'm with the white poppy brigade who want to recognise all the people who suffer because of war, not just the soldiers.

on saturday i went out to pirongia lodge with a couple of other muslim women, to help them with their working bee. i spent the morning washing windows & vacuuming the sleeping areas. there was a good crowd there, most of them working in the gardens and the grounds, and mostly from te awamutu.

we were happy to support the lodge because this is where we have been holding muslim girls camps over the last couple of years. the manager there has also been helpful in organising a caving trip and a horse riding expedition for young muslim women. it's been wonderful watching these teenage girls extend themselves, in activities that some of them had never tried before.

after work today, i had a monthly board meeting for community radio. while i was there, i did a pre-recorded interview about the whole burqa banning thing happening in europe, which i wrote about at the hand mirror today. the interview will be airing on community radio on wednesday, at some point between 1 and 2pm. if you're near a computer, you can get live streaming here. if you have a radio, we're on AM1206 or FM106.7.

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