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& Volenteers

Ayesha Sheikh

Ayesha, a medical student, is the youngest member of the ALO team. She completed her secondary schooling at Canberra Girls Grammar and intends to pursue a career in medicine. As a young individual, born in Bangladesh and brought up in Canberra, Australia, she sees the world through a bicultural lens. Within a community that holds altruism as its core value, this positive influence led her to volunteer for organisations such as Amnesty International, St Vincent de Paul, Share the Dignity Charity, and Close the Gap foundation. Ayesha brings to ALO her background of activism in feminism, Indigenous rights, anti-racism, and inclusion.

Devashi Paliwal

Devashi (Dia) is a medical student at the Australian National University, passionate about youth education and global health issues including migrant and refugee health. Having grown up in a small rural town in India, she has both witnessed and experienced issues surrounding gender inequality in a patriarchal society. Dia is an active volunteer of several community organisations such as Migrants and Refugees Services Australia, Australian Red Cross, Asian Medical Student Association International, Doctors for the Environment Australia, ANU COVID-19 Global Peer Support Program, ANU Women in Leadership, and Global Health society.

Luna Purification

Luna has been working in international development for over 20 years, such as USAID (Bangladesh), AusAID, and now in DFAT. She is particularly passionate about women’s rights and young women’s leadership, and she believes that young women have strong potential to make a difference in their communities. She also believes that every young woman – from every socio-economic, cultural, or religious background deserves the support and understanding of their family and community to participate fully in life through equal access to education and work to be socially and economically empowered.

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