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Mariam Issa

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Human Rights Activist

Mariam issa is a human rights activist focused on supporting the rights of refugees and developing the strengths and confidence of women in Australia and Africa. Mariam fled from Somalia to Kenya in 1991 escaping civil war ahead of arriving in Australia as a refugee in 1998, as a mother with four children and one on the way. Along with her husband Mohammed she settled her family into the largely Anglo-Saxon bayside suburb of Brighton in Melbourne, Australia. There, Mariam cofounded RAW-Resilient Aspiring Women in 2012 - a not-for-profit organisation focused on building community and social spaces for women to connect in.
Through her work with R.A.W. Mariam has touched the lives of many women and facilitated many compassionate conversations. Her insights inspire many women to find their strengths, confidence and personal power.

Mariam draws experience from an oral culture of storytelling.

Stories read by Mariam Issa