Welcome to my blog!
I’ve had a few in my time, but I’m hoping to stick with this one. I have uploaded some of my writing, published and unpublished. Most of it centres around being Aboriginal and Muslim in Australia, but some of it extends beyond that.
I hope you like it – feel very free to make comments…
(genie_fly [at] yahoo.com.au)
Eugenia Flynn is a young Larrakia and Tiwi woman living in Melbourne, Australia. Eugenia also has a strong Chinese identity (Teo Chew language group) and Muslim identity, converting to Islam close to 10 years ago.
Eugenia works in the Arts and is the former General Manager of an Indigenous youth performing arts company, where she led the Company’s financial and administrative operations. Prior to this work, Eugenia worked for the State Government; creating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating social policy and programs in the areas of Aboriginal health, young people and economic disadvantage.
In 2009 Eugenia assisted former Australian of the Year, Professor Mick Dodson, in his role as Special Rapporteur to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at the UN Headquarters in New York. In 2008, Eugenia was a Delegate at Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s 2020 Summit and as a result of her attendance was co-author on the paper “‘Options for the Future of Indigenous Australia’: Young Indigenous People at the Australia 2020 Summit” published in the University of New South Wales’ Indigenous Law Bulletin.
In 2005, Eugenia attended the First Inaugural National Muslim Youth Summit and in 2007 founded the Indigenous Muslim Support Network (IMSN) – now called the Indigenous Muslims of Australia Network -becoming increasingly involved in building the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Muslim community through the Network.
Eugenia’s thoughts on Indigenous Australian politics and race matters within Australia have been recorded in a number of publications, including the book ‘Black Politics’ by Sarah Maddison and the article ‘Recreating Community: Indigenous Women and Islam’ by Peta Stephenson (published in Tanja Dreher and Christina Ho (eds) ‘Beyond the Hijab Debates: New conversations on gender, race and religion’).
I’m 30, Aboriginal Australian, Chinese and Muslim. I work too hard, I love my family and my friends. I love music and food and art, and anything to feed my senses.