Fatima Peyman, the Labor Party candidate for the Australian Senate, won the sixth and final seat in the state of Western Australia.
27 years old Afghan woman from Perth, Western Australia, is the first Muslim woman to wear the hijab to enter the Senate.
This is the first time in history that a migrant woman from Afghanistan has entered the Australian Senate.
The Australian Electoral Commission announced her election on June 30, International Asylum Day.
Fatima Peyman is the only new senator from the state of Western Australia, and five other senators from that state have been able to retain their seats.
Fatima was born in Kabul and, according to her, came to Australia in 2003 as a seven-year-old child with her family.
Fatima was 8 years old when she arrived in Australia with her mother and younger siblings.
Peyman’s father, who had fled to Australia as a refugee, had worked hard in restaurants for a long time; He was a security guard and taxi driver until he was able to start his own business as a driving school.
Peyman indicates she wants to pay her respects to Australian society in return for the many things she has been given.
She has written about her work for the Australian Senate, starting with volunteering to raise money for a charity while teaching high school students and working for the Youth and Police Skills Development Center.
“Before I am Afghan, or a migrant or a Muslim, I am an Australian Labor senator, I do want to emphasize that. I believe that everyone deserves a fair go in life despite where they came from and what they believe in, their sexual orientation, age or ability.” Peyman said.
She also suggested that the idea of wearing a hijab would help normalize elections. “This is not just because Islamophobia is prevalent in the media, I want young girls who decide to wear the hijab to do so with pride and to know that they have the right to wear the hijab,” Peyman said.
Fatima Peyman's appeal to the Australian Senate comes as the Taliban government in Afghanistan considers women second-class citizens. Women are deprived of the right to education and the acquisition of knowledge and are imprisoned in homes that have been deprived of all basic human rights by Afghan women and girls under the pretext of hijab.
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