Greetings! I’m Fatema and I have been on this planet for 20 years. I was born to Afghan parents but raised in Perth. I’ve changed majors a few times but hopefully I’ve landed in the right one. I’m studying Political Science and International Relations, as well as French at UWA. I hope to study International Journalism afterwards and become a foreign correspondent. My personal arts include critiquing kebabs and making toasted sandwiches. I also like to let everyone know I have a cat.
I recently volunteered for one of the campaigns for the federal election and acted in a theatre performance that highlighted issues facing CaLD youth. Currently, I’m volunteering for Afghan Professionals Australia, which was recently established. I was a delegate at the Catalyst Youth Summit and from that, I joined the organising committee. I also took part in the Shout Out program and I’m now getting into public speaking. Besides that, I’ve been working seasonally for a university bookshop.
In the culture I was raised with, sexual health is so alien that you wouldn’t learn about it until you were just about to get married! Although it’s taught in schools, I recall my peers listening more to their friends about sexual health than what was in the curriculum. What intrigued me about joining the YEP Crew was the idea of maintaining the peer-to-peer learning whilst educating young people with the relevant facts. I’m excited to be part of the YEP Crew!