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She attended the event in a bid to better understand how she can support Muslim students, who often present with very different learning and lifestyle issues than her other tertiary students.

She was paired up with university student Sajda Yakub, who had travelled from Melbourne with Assafiri for the event.

"It also takes a lot for a student to tell a teacher ‘Mum won’t let me study’, or ‘Mum won’t let me work so I can look after my husband’ - and if there’s an eye roll, a step back, or a look of dislike on your face, they will retreat back into their shell again.” Ross nodded and took notes, hanging on the young law student’s every word.

As the crowds relaxed and personal stories were shared, the mood began to feel like old friends catching up.

' Speed Date A Muslim' is not a romantic or social event.

It's a meetup with a difference, designed to provide a safe space for non-Muslims to meet Muslims, ask questions and smash racial boundaries.

I’ve heard comments, usually from older white males, who say things like ‘Go back to where you came from’ directed to women wearing scarves, who are a representation of our religion.” However, Coskun says, she also believes that the ‘racist’ tag on her local town is unfounded.

” “In Shepparton, I’ve seen racism and I’ve experienced it.

Assafiri and Tuna tell SBS they were understandably anxious on the day as they waited for guests to arrive.

Tuna had been battling a swarm of aggressive Facebook trolls in the weeks leading up for the event, while Hana was unsure what to expect outside of her stomping ground in Melbourne’s Brunswick.

And if Shepparton is anything to go by, most Australians are ready – they’re just looking where to begin.

(NEW YORK) — Of all the struggles of motherhood — sleepless nights, potty training, answering what feels like a million requests a day from tiny dictators — there’s another hard aspect of motherhood that catches most women by surprise. But as with most things in parenthood, it’s easier to laugh than to cry about it and that’s exactly what Tiffany Jenkins is doing.

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