Fatima Payman becomes Australia’s first hijab-wearing senator
27-year-old Afghan refugee, Fatima Payman made history after becoming the first hijab-wearing Senator in Australia’s parliament.
Fatima Payman, a Muslim woman of Afghan origin, was elected as a member of the Senate from Western Australia. She is the first hijab-wearing woman to reach the Australian Parliament.
“I am proud to be selected for this new responsibility. I will continue my struggle against ill-treatment of immigrants, minorities and extremism,” Fatima Payman said in her first interaction with media.
Fatima Peyman arrived in Australia as an immigrant at the age of 8 with her mother and 3 siblings and studied there. Later she became part of the Labor Party.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Gorman have also expressed their happiness on Hijab-wearing Fatima Payman becoming a member of the Senate.
Fatima Payman will be one of three Australians in the party’s Senate, along with Labor Party’s Ed Husk and Ann Alley.