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Mehreen Faruqi: Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud

Sat 11 Sep, 2pm
State Library Victoria, Conversation Quarter

The first Muslim woman to sit in an Australian parliament, Greens senator and life-long feminist and anti-racism activist Mehreen Faruqi tells her story in the no-holds-barred memoir Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud. Join her as she appears live via video and recounts arriving from Pakistan in 1992 with a young family and two suitcases, her career as a civil and environmental engineer, and her ascent as a political outsider in a white man’s world, striving to change it without being changed. Faruqi is joined by on-stage moderator Tasneem Chopra.


1 hour


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A cross-cultural consultant, Tasneem addresses cultural competence across many sectors. She applies an intersectional lens to professional engagement to create inclusive environments, challenging systems that discriminate, and championing their reform. As an author, she centres issues of identity, race and gender inequity from a lived experience.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi is the Greens senator for New South Wales. She is a civil and environmental engineer and lifelong activist for social and environmental justice, the first Muslim woman to sit in an Australian parliament, and Australia's first Muslim senator. Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud is her memoir.

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