Shukufa Tahiri is a ‘Woman of Influence’.
GUILDFORD human rights advocate and former refugee, Shukufa Tahiri has been recognised as one of Australia's most influential woman.
This week named in the Australian Financial Review's prestigious '100 Women of Influence' awards, Ms Tahiri arrived in Australia to reunite with her father when she was 13, after fleeing the Taliban rule in Afghanistan.
Now working as a policy officer with the Refugee Council of Australia in Sydney, the 25-year-old spends each day fighting for better laws to protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.
She has started many social enterprises and community empowerment programs including a free driving mentorship program for refugee women.
Her report on refugees accessing assistance through government funded employment services, directly led to a change in service delivery.
For many years, Ms Tahiri has volunteered in community legal centres to assist people seeking asylum and refugees to access legal assistance.
She also works on development programs to enable youth, especially young women, to access education in Afghanistan and Pakistan, who are in protracted refugee situations.
"I am honoured to be named among so many incredible women in Australia at a very early stage of my work," she said.
"It means that my work so far has been purposeful which further invigorates me to continue my work."
Refugee Council of Australia chief executive Paul Power says the organisation is proud of what Ms Tahiri has achieved.