We’re absolutely delighted to announce our first Ambassador as part of the SisterWorks ambassador programme – Ms Khadija Gbla. Welcome to the team Khadija.
Khadija Gbla is a high profile, passionate and inspiring African Australian woman. She is an award-winning human rights activist, inspirational speaker, facilitator and philanthropist.
She has displayed great courage and determination in achieving her aspirations of giving women, youth and minority groups a voice at a local, state and international level. Khadija utilises her powerful and inspired voice to advocate equality and inclusion.
Khadija Gbla was born in Sierra Leone, spent her youth in Gambia, and as a teenager put down roots in Australia.
Khadija was just 3-years-old when the war broke out in her country, Sierra Leone and 10 years later they attained refugee status and resettled in Adelaide.
Khadija provides advocacy, training, speaking on domestic and family violence, sexual health, racism, human rights, mental health, migrants and refugees and cultural diversity through her cultural consultancy, Khadija Gbla Cultural Consultancy.
She is the Co-founder of The Desert Flower Center Australia. The Desert Flower Australia is the first centre in Australia and the Asian Pacific region that specialises in providing holistic, comprehensive gynaecological, urological reconstructive surgery and trauma-informed care for women impacted by female genital mutilation.
The centre also provides training for professionals, advocacy and community education for practising communities in Australia. Khadija is also a TEDx speaker with close to 2 Million views on her talk, “My mother’s strange definition of empowerment”.
She has represented Australia in the international arena at the Harvard National Model United Nations, Commonwealth Youth Forum and Australian and Africa Dialogue, Commonwealth heads of States Women’s Forum etc.
Khadija has been recognized through numerous awards for her vision and leadership, including 2019 Instyle Magazine The Advocate for Acceptance Human Rights Award, 2017 cosmopolitan magazine women of the year finalist, 2016 women’s Weekly and Qantas Women of the Future finalist, 2016 AusMumpreneur Rising Star and Making a difference –non-profit Award, 2014 The Advertiser South Australia’s 50 most Influential Women, 2013 Madison Magazine Australia’s top 100 inspiring Women, 2013 Amnesty International Human Rights Activists to watch out in 2013, 2011 State Finalist Young Australian of the Year – just to name a few.
Director | Khadija Gbla Cultural Consultancy
Co-Founder of Desert Flower Australia
2019 Instyle Magazine Women of Style The Advocate for Acceptance Award 2016 Women’s Weekly Qantas Women of the Future Award Finalist
2016 Cosmopolitan Magazine Humanitarian of the Year Award Finalist
2016 AusMumpreneur Rising Star Award Finalist
2014 The Advertiser South Australia 50 Most Influential Women
2013 Madison Magazine Australia’s Top 100 Inspiring Women
What SisterWorks Ambassador’s programme does
The SisterWorks Ambassador Programme aims to promote our SisterWorks entrepreneurs, the true story of our founder Luz Restrepo, and the passion and determination that drives SisterWorks to continue its important work in the Australian community. #WorkEmpowersWomen drives SisterWorks to reach more refugee and migrant women who need our help to lift them up to give them an opportunity to have econominc empowerment, support their families in a sustainable way and to be active members of their community and the Australian economy.
What our Ambassadors do
Our Ambassadors are spokespeople for SisterWorks. Khadija is available for interview to talk about the importance of SisterWorks, Luz’s story and her own unique story as a refugee woman.