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Khadija Gbla is a high profile, passionate and inspiring African Australian woman. She is an award-winning human rights activist, inspirational speaker, facilitator and philanthropist. She has displayed great courage and determination in achieving her aspirations of giving women, youth and minority groups a voice at a local, state and international level. Khadija utilises her powerful and inspired voice to advocate equality and inclusion.
Khadija Gbla was born in Sierra Leone, spent her youth in Gambia, and as a teenager put down roots in Australia. Khadija was just 3-years-old when the war broke out in her country, Sierra Leone and 10 years later they attained refugee status and resettled in Adelaide. Khadija provides advocacy, training, speaking on domestic and family violence, sexual health, racism, human rights, mental health, migrants and refugees and cultural diversity through her cultural consultancy, Khadija Gbla Cultural Consultancy.
Khadija is the lead voice and campaigner on Female Genital Mutilation in Australia. She runs a not for profit organisation Ending Female Genital Mutilation Australia which works to protect Australian girls from FGM and to support survivors of FGM. Khadija provides training for professionals, advocacy and community education for practising communities in Australia. Khadija is also a TEDx speaker with close to 3 Million views on her talk, "My mother’s strange definition of empowerment".
She is an Ambassador for Our Watch, an organisation established to change attitudes of violence towards women and their children, and a member of Harmony Alliance -Migrant and Refugee Women for Change aims to provide a national inclusive and informed voice on the multiplicity of issues impacting the experiences and outcomes of migrant and refugee women in Australia.
Ambassador for SisterWorks, a non for profit social enterprise which supports refugee and migrant women to become economically empowered through the model of learning by doing.
She has represented Australia in the international arena at the Harvard National Model United Nations, Commonwealth Youth Forum and Australian and Africa Dialogue, Commonwealth heads of States Women’s Forum etc. Khadija has been recognized through numerous awards for her vision and leadership, including 2019 Instyle Magazine The Advocate for Acceptance Human Rights Award, 2017 cosmopolitan magazine women of the year finalist, 2016 women's Weekly and Qantas Women of the Future finalist, 2016 AusMumpreneur Rising Star and Making a difference –non-profit Award, 2014 The Advertiser South Australia’s 50 most Influential Women, 2013 Madison Magazine Australia's top 100 inspiring Women, 2013 Amnesty International Human Rights Activists to watch out in 2013, 2011 State Finalist Young Australian of the Year - just to name a few.
Since January I have been coordinating covid and flood relief for remote vulnerable Aboriginal communities, designated organisations and groups.
Mostly women and children. To protect their community, many families are self-isolating and may need to do so for the foreseeable future. I want to ask for your help. I am raising funds to buy gift cards so that people and charities can purchase essentials for their families and communities. The organisations I have been supporting including;
FIRST PEOPLES DISABILITY NETWORK AUSTRALIA (FPDN)
Is a national human rights organisation of and for Australias First Nations Peoples with disability, their families and communities.
Support 300-400 dialysis patients, aged care and disability clients, as well as 200 staff…working across 20+ sites in Alice, Darwin and 18 remote communities. TANGENTYERE FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM
Committed to working within the integrated response to Family Violence to prevent Family Violence in our Town Camps and in the wider Alice Springs community. Runs 6 community centres that 16 town camps share across each other and a safe house plus the 3 drop-in centres for town camp kids and their teenage older peers.
NPY WOMENS COUNCIL
Led by women’s law, authority and culture to deliver health, social and cultural services for all Anangu. CAPE YORK COMMUNITY OF SEISIA - QLD
I have secured most of the supplies they requested for a small community of 260 people. They now just need gift cards, sanitary products for the women and girls and baby supplies. All money raised with go directly to purchase: Covid test kits, surgical masks, a mixture of alcohol and non-alcohol sanitiser, regular masks, gloves, sanitary products, kids supplies such as nappies, wipes, toiletries like shampoo, toilet rolls, deodorants, body wash, toothbrush, with a huge demand for Coles, Woolworths, Kmart, Target, and Big W gift cards. Thank you so much, every single dollar counts!
Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia
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