My Muslim mates: production broadcasts youth voice
UOW honours student Widyan Al-Ubudy has helped produce a video to challenge the resurfacing of negative dialogue regarding the Muslim community following the recent Sydney riots.
Widyan, who works with the Community Relations Commission of NSW, said the video, My Muslim Mates, features young people from various religious and cultural background and presents the views of many Australians, that their Muslim friends are the same as the rest of their friends and that a handful of wrongdoers should not taint an entire religious group.
My Muslim Mates was aired on SBS recently and shed a different light on the protests with its simple yet effective message.
Widyan said it was important for young people to speak out not only about the riots but also local, political and global issues.
“Young people are our future leaders and its better to begin engaging with them now. It’s an indication of what’s to come. If young people can do so much with limited means, just imagine what they can do when they have better means and mediums to spread their views and perspectives,” she said.
After completing her degree in Communication and Media Studies (Journalism and International Communication and Media), Widyan is currently undertaking an honours year in Muslim women’s media advocacy in Australian media post 9/11. She will present her honours research at an international conference concerning with multiculturalism and the media held in Indonesia next month.
Widyan’s future goals are to continue working with the NSW Government and Australian media and to one day become the first Muslim veiled newsreader on Australian national television.
Watch My Muslim Mates on Youtube here.