Intercultural Discussions with Khadija Gbla
About Khadija Gbla:
Khadija Gbla is a very passionate and inspiring African Australian woman. She is an award winning human rights activist, leader and inspirational speaker.
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. The transition was complex—Khadija experienced racism, illness and depression—but threw herself into her education.
Khadija continues to provide advocacy, training, speaking on domestic and family violence, child protection, racism, human rights, refugees and cultural diversity through her cultural consultancy.
She is the Co-founder of The Desert Flower Center and foundation Australia. The Desert Flower Australia is the first centre in Australia and the Asia pacific region that will specialise in providing medical care and reconstructive surgery for women impacted by female genital mutilation.
Khadija is a TEDX speaker with close to 2 Million views on her talk my mother’s strange definition of empowerment.
She has represented Australia in the international arena at the Harvard National Model United Nations, Commonwealth Youth Forum and Australian and Africa Dialogue, Commonwealth heads of States Womens Forum etc. 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 has been recognized through numerous awards for her vision and leadership, including Young South Australia of the year and Young African Australian of the year, The Advertiser South Australia’s 50 most Influential Women, Madison Magazine Australia's top 100 inspiring Women, Amnesty International Human Rights Activists to watch out for just to name a few.