Having come to Australia seeking asylum, Najeeba is uniquely placed to give us an insight into the the refugee dilemma in the current political climate. Come and hear Najeeba share with us her personal story – as a 12 year old, terrified but accompanied, when she made the journey from Afghanistan to Australia, via Indonesia, with her parents, two siblings and two uncles.
Najeeba was the winner of the 2011 ‘Young Woman of the West Award’. She is President of Hazara Women of Australia and a Case Manager at Settlement Services International.
Since arriving in Australia as a refugee, Najeeba has graduated from a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Western Sydney and is now studying a second degree at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Najeeba has been involved in a number of organisations such as ChilOut (Children out of Detention), Amnesty International, Bamiyan Association and is now the president of Hazara Women of Australia, advocating for the rights of women, refugees and the release of children from detention centres.
In 2010 Najeeba was a finalist of the Young Human Rights Medal Award and a finalist for the Local Young Citizen Award. In 2011 she won the ‘Young Woman of the West Award’ for her work in not-for-profit organisations. Najeeba is currently working as a case manager with new arrivals and refugees for SSI (Settlement Services International), and is an accomplished author.