Mari­am Hakim

Asylum seeker advocate

Mari­am Hakim

Asylum seeker advocate

In this talk at TEDx­Can­ber­ra­Wo­men 2013, Maz draws par­al­lels between her priv­ileged life in Aus­tralia, and that of her cous­ins, who remain in Afgh­anistan. She asks why we shouldn’t share our good for­tune and com­pas­sion.


Mari­am comes from a tra­di­tion­al Afghan fam­ily where music and enter­tain­ment played a sig­ni­fic­ant role in her upbring­ing. Her fam­ily arrived in Aus­tralia in 1987 after her father fled Kab­ul with his fam­ily dur­ing the inva­sion by the Sovi­et Uni­on. Her fam­ily first arrived in Aus­tralia in what is now known as Villa­wood Deten­tion centre.

Maz has burst onto the enter­tain­ment scene with a knack for the stage, the stu­dio and a flair with people. She was trained at one of the most pres­ti­gi­ous arts and broad­cast schools – the Aus­trali­an Film Tele­vi­sion Radio School, where her love and pas­sion for media developed into a career.