Diana Abdel-Rahman is a strong and proud voice for Muslim Canberrans and Australians. Whether speaking on national and local media, or hosting her own radio show during Ramadan or chairing the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum, Diana is passionate about bringing Canberrans of all backgrounds together.
She was born and raising in Brisbane to Lebanese parents, and proudly identifies as Australian of Lebanese heritage. She has called Canberra home for 25 years and has contributed widely to ACT’s multicultural and Muslim communities. She is just as passionate about promoting Canberra as the cause of multiculturalism and acceptance.
"Canberra is a wonderful city with people who are open minded and are prepared to want to know you and find out about who you are."
She feels this success is due to the city’s small size, which necessitates people from different backgrounds mixing together.
"In most cases Canberra is tolerant, because ethnic and multicultural communities live in all areas around the city which enables people to mix and get to know each other."
Diana is the recipient of numerous honours and awards. During the celebration of 100 years of International Women’s Day in 2011 Diana was honoured on the ACT Honour Roll and was chosen as one of ten prominent women in the ACT to present on the occasion. She received the International Women’s Day award in 2005 and the 2001 Centenary of Federation Medal for her contribution to the betterment of the Australian Muslim community
Radio is one of Diana’s on-going interests. She started her radio experience in 1993 working for the ACT Ethnic Broadcaster’s Council (EBC) and was instrumental in establishing Canberra’s very own multi-lingual ethnic broadcasting station, Canberra Multicultural Services (CMS). Along the way she gained a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Canberra. Her radio experience lead her to begin broadcasting from her Canberra lounge room during the month of Ramadan, under the auspice of Australian Muslim Voice, a organisation dedicated to radio, the arts and culture of Islam. AMV Radio during Ramadan is still Australia’s only fully English language radio broadcast.
Diana has identified young people as a key audience to promote the positives of multiculturalism and diversity.
"The campaign needs to reach out to schools as that is where many issues are starting to arise," she says. "Children are influenced in what they are hearing in the news and reading on social media and taking it to school."