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Fatima Payman The First Hijab-Wearing Muslim Woman in the Australian Parliament"

Fatima Payman is an Afghan-born Australian politician who made history in 2022 by becoming the first hijab-wearing Muslim woman to be elected to the Australian Parliament. Born in Kabul in 1995, Fatima fled the Taliban with her family when she was just five years old, seeking refuge in Pakistan. Her father eventually made it to Australia in 1999, where he spent time in immigration detention before working as a security guard, kitchen hand, and taxi driver to bring the rest of his family to Australia in 2003.

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