Khadija Gbla is a high profile, passionate and inspiring African Australian woman. She is an award-winning human rights activist, entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, facilitator, philanthropist and mentor. 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, diversity 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, leadership, training, keynote speaking and commentary on domestic and family violence, mental health, cultural safety, gender diversity, sexual health, racism, human rights, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and cultural diversity etc through her cultural consultancy, khadija Gbla Cultural Consultancy.
She is the Founder of The Desert Flower Center Australia. The Desert Flower Australia is the first centre in Australia and the Asian Pacific region that specialises in providing holistic, comprehensive gynaecological, urological reconstructive surgery and trauma-informed care for women impacted by female genital mutilation. The centre also provides training for professionals, advocacy and community education for practising communities in Australia. Khadija is also a TEDX speaker with close to 2 Million views on her talk, "My mother’s strange definition of empowerment".
Khadija is an Ambassador for Our Watch, an organisation established to drive nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children.
Khadija is an also an 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.