Zahra is an internationally recognized young leader for her work in gender equality and youth governance. She is the co-founder of the Christmas Island Youth Leadership Project, training young people who are asylum seekers and refugees to become leaders in policy-making. Zahra is also the Chairperson of the WA Government Youth Council representing 600,000 young people in policymaking. She is also a Duke University- Faith for Our Planet Fellow working on the intersection of Islam and climate justice strategies. Zahra work in gender equality has extended globally where she is currently part of the UN Women 30 for 2030 cohort, and has previously sat on the board group representing global youth at the Generational Equality Youth Forum, where 40 billion dollars for gender equality was pledged. Zahra’s work has been published by Vogue, Gucci, and Al Jazeera for being a visionary in peace and security. Zahra is also board director for Missing Perspectives and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. In 2021 she was named the inaugural Under 25 Asian Australian of the Year and in 2022 the Western Australia Young Person of the Year.
ZAHRA AL HILALY
Youth Activist, Speaker and Author
2023 WESTERN AUSTRALIA AWARD WINNER