Rabia Siddique

Rabia is an Australian/Indian/Muslim criminal and human rights lawyer, a retired British Army officer, a former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor, a humanitarian, a professional speaker, trainer, MC, facilitator and published author. In 2006 Rabia was awarded a Queen’s commendation for her human rights work in Iraq, in 2009 was the Runner Up for Australian Woman of the Year UK, and in 2014 was named by Westpac Banking Corporation and the Australian Financial Review as One of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women as well as a Telstra Business Woman of the Year Finalist. Rabia recently received a standing ovation from an audience of 1700 at her TEDx talk “Courage Under Fire” and her work in equality and diversity was showcased at this year’s United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

After starting life as a criminal defence lawyer and youngest ever Federal prosecutor in Perth, Australia, Rabia moved to the United Kingdom in 1998 where she eventually commissioned as a Legal Officer in the British Army in 2001; in the week of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

In a terrifying ordeal that garnered worldwide attention, along with a male colleague, Rabia assisted with the rescue of two Special Forces soldiers from Iraqi insurgents in Basra. Her male colleague received a Military Cross for outstanding bravery, while Rabia’s part in the incident was covered up by the British Army and Government. In a fight for justice she brought a successful landmark discrimination case against the British Ministry of Defence.
Rabia went on to become a Crown Advocate in the British Counter Terrorism Division, which saw her prosecuting Al Qaeda terrorists, hate crimes and advising on war crimes prosecutions in The Hague.

On her return to Australia Rabia was the Legal Counsel to the Western Australia Commissioner of Police and in 2013 Rabia wrote and published her best selling memoir, 'Equal Justice', which is a story about strength, resilience, courage, conviction and determination. An Australian/UK feature film is shortly to be made about her life.

Rabia has appeared in various Australian, UK, South East Asian and Middle Eastern media publications and has featured as a guest at a number of Writers’ Festivals. She believes passionately in giving back to her community and profession. To that end she is the Patron of the Borderless Gandhi Project and an Ambassador for the 100 Women Project, The Esther Foundation and Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre. She is also a member of Australian and British Red Cross, UN Women, Law Societies of WA, England and Wales, Women Lawyers WA, the International Institute for Humanitarian Law, a Professional Member of National Speakers Association of Australia and is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Rabia speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic, has run the London marathon and walked an Australian one and a half marathon for charity, undertaken human rights and community aid work in the Middle East, South America, United Kingdom and Australia, and is a mother to 6 year old triplet boys, her biggest challenge yet!

"Rabia’s story was inspirational. In the business context we often talk about the importance of composure, keeping the goal in mind and making a difference. To see this brought to life in a real world context where lives are at stake is both humbling and inspirational. It helps put things back into context."

Paul Fitzgerald, General Manager Oceania, Coca-Cola South Pacific

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