Amina Youssef is a 22 year old perfectionist who enjoys anime, good books and the simple life. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts/Law at the University of New South Wales. In the past, she has co-ordinated events for initiatives such as Green Scarf Day, Schools Legal Education Group, Anti-Poverty Week UNSW, and El Dunnieh Sons Charity Organization. She has been working as a legal assistant in migration law for over two years, and is currently interning at Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS). Amina is passionate about human rights, global development and environmental conservation.
Pronounced FarizAh (an amalgam of ‘Fariza’; African ‘to make happy’ and Malaysian ‘Farizah’ ‘light’). Her name perfectly describes her aspirations to make the world a happier place, by beaming positivity and enthusiasm. Two maxims govern her “you must be the change you wish to see in the world” and “you have to be in the system to fix the system”. With this in mind, she has been part of various community initiatives. When she is not reading poetry, she does her readings for B Law/ Media at Macquarie University… And if she’s not doing that then she’s thinking about the next big project she’d like to work on. Fariza believes Youthink Magazine to be a platform for both Muslims and non-Muslims to engage in dialogue in a professional manner.
In the words of Rumi: Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.
Zaynab enjoys long walks on the beach, reading romance fiction and...just kidding! She is in her final year of an Arts and Law degree at the University of Western Sydney. She is currently working with the Australian Muslim Women’s Association. She enjoys travelling, reading about different cultures and cooking. Zaynab’s long life dream (which she constantly tells her mother is going to happen, by the will of God) is to backpack around the Middle East and South East Asia. She has strategically enrolled in a Master of International Communication to provide a stepping stone for the dream to become a lived reality. She is also not afraid to unleash the ‘Gramma Nazi’ in her and tell you ‘It’s brought NOT brang!’ and ‘It’s you NOT youse!’ Some of her interests include personal and professional development, strategic planning, human rights, empowering and engaging youth and women.
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Muhammed Shah Idil
Muhammed leads a double life- crunching numbers by day as an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia and doing his bit to change the world by night. As a staunch believer in the ‘talk is cheap’ philosophy, Muhammed channels his passion and creativity towards projects that empower individuals through understanding and dialogue.He helped launch INSIGHT, a grass roots campaign that ran cultural awareness programs across the Sydney region. (Thanks to him, the NSW fire brigade now know that Muslim women don't actually need to wear their scarves in their own homes!) A brief stint as a volunteer with Amnesty International Australia sparked his interest in global issues, and reinforced his views that our concerns should not be restricted by the borders of our own countries. Bringing together this concern for the global community, his analytical mind and his passion for change, expect to have your ideas pulled apart piece-by-piece - all for a good cause, of course.