Congratulations to Hana Assafiri for joining the Melbourne Food Industry’s Legends Hall of Fame.
Hana is determined to break the cycle of disadvantage for marginalised Muslim women in the community through employment and hospitality. Her initiatives ‘Speed Date A Muslim’ and ‘Conversation Salons’ break down barriers and bring people together in celebration and equality.
Hana Assafiri’s Moroccan Soup Bar in North Fitzroy has provided employment and training – and so much more – for marginalised Muslim women in the community for 20 years. For her, it’s all about bringing people together at the table in celebration, with respect, dignity, and a really good chickpea bake. ‘For them, food used to be a source of subjugation. Now, it’s a source of empowerment,’ she says. ‘Through adversity, opportunity sprouts.’