On 10 November, the Australian Embassy hosted a visit by Ms Yassmin AbdelMagied, who visited Kuwait as part of her Middle East and North Africa regional speaking tour to speak from her experience about tolerance, diversity, faith and gender.
Ms. Abdel-Magied is an engineer, social advocate and media commentator. She received the 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year award for her advocacy work for the empowerment of youth, women and those from racially, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
During her visit to Kuwait, Ms. Abdel-Magied is meeting students and staff at Box Hill College, and hosting a discussion with the Centre for Research in Informatics, Sciences and Engineering at the American University of Kuwait. Ms Abdel-Magied was also hosted on The Breakfast with Tee and Aki Show on 99.7 Radio Kuwait FM. Ms Abdel-Magied is talking across the themes of gender, leadership, diversity, the role of faith and culture, her work in social advocacy and her experiences as a female engineer.
Born in Sudan, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and her family arrived in Australia just before she turned two. At age 16, she founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation that empowers young people to realise their full potential through collaborative, community based programs. She is an advisor for federal governments and international bodies, and currently sits on the Boards of ChildFund, The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) and the domestic violence prevention organisation, OurWatch. She is the host of the motorsport podcast Motormouth, due for release later in 2016.
Yassmin's TED talk, What does my headscarf mean to you, has over 1.5 million views. Yassmin's advocacy work has been recognised with many awards. She was named one of Australia’s most influential engineers by Engineers Australia, and been recognised for her work in diversity by the United Kingdom’s Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Yassmin was the youngest woman named in Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review in 2012, was the Young Muslim of the Year in 2007 and Muslim Youth of the Year in 2015.