Maha Sukkar (She/Her), Lebanon
In 2004, Maha Sukkar became the first Muslim policewoman in Victoria to wear a hijab, challenging stereotypes and setting a trailblazing example for police forces around the world. In her 19-year career, Maha has taken a lead role in promoting social cohesion, breaking cross-cultural barriers, and encouraging diversity within the police. Her commitment and dedication is changing the way newly-arrived communities see the police and how police think about communities.
She is the founder and president of the Victoria Police Muslim Association (VPMA), the first police association of its kind in Australia. She also co-founded Victoria Police Women of Colour Network. Those networks promote harmony and social cohesion in the police. Maha is highly respected for her knowledge, partnership-approach and strong relationships with the community. She uses her perspective as a woman from a culturally diverse background to strategically and proactively approach Victoria’s most complex law and order challenges. She is dedicated to creating a Victoria where everyone feels welcome and safe. In 2009 Maha was named “Australian Muslim Women of the Year” at the Australian Muslim achievement awards (AMAA). In 2010, she was awarded the Australian Council for Women and Policing Bravery Award in recognition of her work with multicultural communities. In 2018, Maha was added to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. In 2022 Maha was awarded the inaugural Australian People of Colour Corporate Legend of the Year Award.
Maha has been actively involved at SisterWorks since 2021. She has been integral in spreading SisterWorks key mission and has been involved in a number of our events.
“As a migrant woman, I love being part of SisterWorks because of their work, which helps amplify, empower and elevate women who are refugees, asylum seekers or migrants.”