June 18, 2023 will mark 40 years since 10 Baha’i women were hanged in Shiraz. Their only ‘crime’ was their refusal to renounce their beliefs in a faith that promotes the principles of gender equality, unity, justice, and truthfulness. This collection highlights Baha’i Blog content relating to the ongoing persecution of Baha’is in Iran.
In this Baha’i Blog interview in honour of NAIDOC Week, Cyan Ta’eed speaks with Bilyana Noel Arthur Blomeley, a Torres Strait Islander currently living on Larrakia lands in Darwin.
NAIDOC Week is a national week of celebrations held across Australia every year (July 3-10), in order to honour the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme for NAIDOC Week is “Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!”.
NAIDOC is celebrated not only in indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life, and therefore Baha’i Blog hopes to be able to do more interviews like this one, in order to serve as a platform to listen to, and foster conversations about the history, culture and achievements of the first nations peoples of Australia. Learn more about this initiative here: Creating a Space to Celebrate the Indigenous Peoples of Australia
Bilyana Noel Arthur Blomeley is a Torres Strait Islander educator, Baha’i, wordsmith, father, traveller and storyteller. He has lived across Australia and beyond, and now finds residence on Larrakia lands in Darwin.
With a tropical soul and a world embracing heart, Cyan Ta’eed is a creator of gardens, businesses and the occasional delicious gluten free cake! She also lives on Larrakia lands in Australia’s northern reaches where she is part of the Baha’i community, and engaged in philanthropy supporting change in youth justice in the Northern Territory.
The Larrakia people are the traditional owners of the Darwin region. Their country runs from Cox peninsula in the west to Gunn Point in the north, Adelaide River in the east and down to the Manton Dam area southwards. You can learn about their history, culture, events and peoples at the Larrakia Nation website: larrakia.com/about/the-larrakia-people
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.