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Shahrnaz’s story

The Journey

During the civil war in early ‘90s Afghanistan, Shahrnaz and her family were forced to flee to different provinces, eventually migrating to Pakistan for safety. There, she completed her school education. They returned to Afghanistan after the collapse of the Taliban regime in 2002, hopeful for their country’s future. However, this hope was marred by ongoing Taliban attacks. In 2008, she was awarded a scholarship for a Masters at the University of Technology, Sydney. She completed the Masters but returned to Kabul afterwards, with the aim of helping with reconstruction efforts.  However, in 2014, the worsening security situation after the withdrawal of international troops compelled her to return to Sydney to seek safety.

Arriving in Australia

Back in Australia once more, Shahrnaz was admitted as a lawyer at the Supreme Court of New South Wales.  Now, she is a managing partner of LexGlobal Partners law firm. In her decade of experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer, she has worked for a wide array of high-profile private and government entities.

Giving Back

Calling Sydney home for the past 15 years, Shahrnaz has dedicated herself to the Australian community through both her professional and volunteer work. She dedicates many hours of her time to both refugee resettlement organisations and national advocacy networks. She also volunteers with ZamZam Foundation Australia, which assists orphan girls in Afghanistan. Following the recent crisis in her home country, she has intensified her advocacy efforts, participating in media interviews and conferences, and leading fundraising campaigns – notably providing essential food packages to over 300 families in Afghanistan.

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