We met Fadak at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. She was one of a group of people sharing their experiences of being refugees in Australia.
Fadak has organised the first ever refugee led speaking tour of Australia. She wants to dismantle the stereotypes that have been created around refugees and reclaim her story. She wants people to know her for who she is.
Fadak was forced to leave Iraq in 2003. She knows what a bomb sounds like when it hits a building, and what it’s like to have no home. She knows what it’s like to have a supportive community welcome you when you arrive in your new home.
Fadak is now a lawyer and advocate for women, refugees and people seeking asylum. She gets the train to work every day and eats dinner with her family most nights. Fadak makes a delicious Timan Bagila.
MeetFadak - A Voice For Diverse Women
In this video we asked Fadak to stand in a public space so we could demonstrate how vulnerable it makes us when we share our personal experiences. She never flinched.
Fadak works in Footscray. This is one of the multicultural communities she advocates for. We thought that if we followed her to work, we’d get a sense of where her heart is. Places like Footscray get a bad rap from politicians and the media. We wanted to show it as a culturally rich place filled with people and their stories.