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Dr Susan Carland joins Asylum Seeker Resource Centre as ambassador

The ASRC has appointed renowned feminist, Dr Susan Carland, as their newest ambassador to advocate for a more humane treatment of asylum seekers

Renowned advocate, Dr Susan Carland, has been appointed as an ambassador for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) to advocate for people seeking asylum.

Dr Carland is a prominent feminist, author and media personality who supports Muslim women and gender equality. She is an already dedicated supporter of the ASRC and is committed to fight for a more humane approach to treatment of asylum seekers.

“When we hear heartbreaking stories about the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, people can so often feel hopeless and not know how they can help,” Dr Carland said in an ASRC announcement. “I hope I am able to point people in the direction of the ASRC and channel their passion into courage.”

Dr Carland currently works as a lecturer and researcher at Monash University’s National Centre for Australian Studies. Her thesis, ‘Fighting Hislam’, addresses Muslim women and gender equality which got published as a book by Melbourne University’s Press.

She has been listed as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World and as a ‘Muslim Leader of Tomorrow’ by the UN Alliance of Civilisations.

ASRC Founder and CEO, Kon Karapanagiotidis, said the ASRC is “grateful for her support over the years” and welcomed her as their newest ambassador.

“We are so honoured to have Dr Carland join us as our newest ASRC Ambassador. She demonstrates so much compassion and does not shy away from standing up for what she strongly believes in,” Karapanagiotidis said.

In her role as ambassador, Dr Carland will raise awareness and support, as well as funds, during her partnership. She joins a list of Australians who support the ASRC, including Missy Higgins, Mark Seymour, Corinne Grant and Tamie Fraser.

“The inhumane treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum who arrive by boat baffles and distresses me, and the way they are often spoken about in our political discourse infuriates me,” Dr Carland said.

“Ensuring refugees and asylum seekers get adequate support to not just survive but thrive once they’re in Australia is also very important to me.”

Dr Carland is encouraging the community to get behind the ASRC and donate in the upcoming Telethon on June 20. The organisation aims to raise more than $600,000 to ensure families have access to essential food and groceries for a year.

“When the situation can so often feel hopeless, this – donating via the Telethon – is a concrete way to make a meaningful difference,” Dr Carland said.

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