TEDxAdelaide 2016 · October 2016
Is the energy invested in changing minds in the wider community neglecting the needs of people of colour?
Performance poet Manal Younus explores the importance of ownership, representation and creating spaces where people of colour can discover themselves away from the white gaze.
Manal Younus is a writer, performance artist and creative producer. As a Muslim with Eritrean origins living in Australia, Manal has used her work to spark discussion amongst audiences and communities.
Manal has performed around Australia including at the Sydney Opera House, featured on ABC television’s Q&A program and was a finalist for Young South Australian of the year in 2016. Manal released ‘Reap’, her self-published book of poetry in 2015.
As a Muslim woman with Eritrean origins who has lived in Australia since the age of three, Manal has experienced racism and witnessed plenty of injustice but has learned not to rely on others for change and rather to create change herself. The South Australian-based storyteller is passionate about creating this change in the social landscape of Adelaide by empowering minority communities.