Arriving from Bangladesh in 2004, Dr Sabrin Farooqui knows well the difficulties many migrants face in Australia. She works with people who are new to this country within their own communities, while ensuring their voices are heard at higher policy levels.
Sabrin is the National Coordinator of Shakti Australia Ltd which is a not-for-profit community organisation that promotes the development, empowerment and safety of immigrant women and children in Australia through culturally specialist intervention and prevention. This organisation looks at the physical safety, emotional, spiritual and intellectual well-being of vulnerable immigrant and refugee women of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origins.
Sabrin teaches in the University of New South Wales and works for the Fair Work Commission. As an activist of Labor for Refugees, Sabrin advocates establishing an unequivocally decent policy on people seeking asylum and refugees. She believes that the settlement of refugees is a very significant national issue of Australia and a very important global issue as well. Her work with the authorities to change policy and to help migrants assimilate into Australian life, her respect for the right to a fair go and her unwavering commitment to giving migrant women new skills has been invaluable to countless new arrivals to Australia.
Sabrin has been awarded with Local Woman of the Year for the Bankstown Electorate of NSW on the International Women’s Day 2018 for her contribution to Bankstown and the broader community.
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