Refugee wins role to give youth voice

MERRYLANDS’ Muhadissa Haidari (pictured) is helping ensure that young people have a voice and are heard in planning Greater Sydney’s future.

She is one of 10 young people aged between 17 and 28 appointed to the Greater Sydney Youth Panel, based on their experience in youth engagement and strategic planning, representation from groups that do not currently have a voice within the Greater Sydney Commission and a diverse range of ages, gender, cultural backgrounds and abilities.
Muhadissa, 24, is a Hazara refugee from Afghanistan, arriving here in 2013.
She is undertaking a Bachelor of Business at Western Sydney University and works as a Multicultural Support Worker at the Community Migrant Resource Centre in Parramatta.
“I have a lot of experience as a young refugee and feel passionately about employment and education,” she said.
“I applied for the panel role because I believe I have a lot to offer the community and government in terms of getting the issues out there and raising awareness about problems like language and cultural barriers.
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity.”
Chief Commissioner Lucy Turnbull AO, said she was excited to have this talented and enthusiastic group providing their insights, and the views of their peers, to the Commission.
“In our early discussions, they have made it clear that the biggest issue for young people across Greater Sydney is jobs,” she said.