Through her novels and essays, Randa Abdel-Fattah examines issue of racism, multiculturalism and human rights in Australia. Together with activist and author Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Randa discusses what contemporary multiculturalism looks like in Australia today.
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Randa Abdel-Fattah (Australian)
Randa Abdel-Fattah is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University where she is researching the generational impact of the war on terror on Muslim and non-Muslim youth born into a post 9/11 world. She is a prominent Australian Palestinian advocate and a multi-award winning author of 11 books whose young adult and children’s books are published in more than 16 countries. Randa was recently nominated for Sweden's Astrid Lindgren Award, the world's biggest children's literature award. Her novels have been adapted to the stage in America and Australia and her debut novel Does My Head Look Big In This? is currently in development as a feature film.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Australian)
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year. She advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Born in Sudan, Yassmin and her family arrived in Australia when she was two. At age 16, Yassmin founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation that enables young people to work together to implement positive change within their communities and internationally. She is the author of YassminÕs Story.Ê