As the #BlackLivesMatter movement challenges us to acknowledge and address issues of race, join Shireen Ahmed, Bruce Djite and Jade North for a unique discussion of how football reflects – and can challenge – the privilege that attaches to race; and what you can do about it. Moderated by Assmaah Helal.
Observing the BLM movement in the Australian context, we are reminded that racism is everyone’s issue, and this is an opportunity for meaningful change. This webinar brings together three footballers of diverse backgrounds, and will seek to understand and learn through hearing their experiences and perspectives. Moderated by Football United’s Assmaah Helal, this event will provide an honest discussion of the systems and issues that underlie racism, and offer the opportunity to reflect on what we as individuals can do to help our sport overcome racism, and lead society in doing so.
Saturday, 12 September 2020
About our speakers and moderator
Shireen is a writer, public speaker, mentor, and award-winning sports activist who focuses on Muslim women, and the intersections of racism and misogyny in sports. Her extensive work has been featured around the world, and her expertise and commentary is frequently sought by major media outlets. She is part of the “Burn It All Down” feminist sports podcast team that analyses sports culture from an intersectional feminist lens. When she isn’t watching football, she drinks coffee as a tool of resistance. She is a 2019 TEDxToronto Speaker, and is currently working on her first book. She lives in the Greater Toronto Area with her family and her cat.
Bruce is a former Socceroo who has played for clubs in several countries including Turkey, China, South Korea and Indonesia. Bruce has won all domestic trophies with Adelaide United, including the Premiership and Championship double in 2016, and tops the list as the club’s record goal-scorer. Bruce spent over 4 years on the Executive and Governance committee of Professional Footballers Australia (the PFA). Bruce has spent time working at accounting firm PKF Adelaide, Fox Sports Australia and is currently Adelaide United’s Director of Football. He is also a Director of Women Onside.
Jade is a proud Indigenous man from the Biripi people Taree, Northern NSW. Jade was a professional football player who played and was the Vice Captain for the A-League club Brisbane Roar.
He was the first Indigenous Captain for the Socceroos, with 41 appearances, a two-times Olympian and two-times A-League championship winner. Having played for ten clubs across five countries Jade is one of Australia’s most decorated football players.
He is the Founding Director of the Kickin’ with a Cuz foundation, which is an Indigenous football program designed to inspire kids to make better life choices and increase Indigenous participation numbers.
Assmaah, our moderator, has over 10 years’ experience in youth development, and sports for social change, in advocacy and leadership positions working across diverse communities locally and globally. Assmaah is a world record holder and the cofounder of the Muslim Women in Sport Network. Through her role with Football United, Assmaah has been instrumental in the development of Creating Chances – a social enterprise that supports young people reach their full potential through sport and peer mentoring. Assmaah is currently undertaking her MBA specialising in Social Impact.