“I’m lucky – when I joined Global Sisters, I wasn’t struggling for money and I wasn’t a single mum. I see so many situations among the Sisters that are difficult and yet still they have this passion to work and strength to move forwards. They inspire me a lot – and I hope I inspire others, too.

I’m Palestinian but was living in Jordan before I came to Australia. I had no local work experience and was on a temporary visa. It was so difficult to find a job. I studied computer and information systems in Jordan and so I started volunteering in robotic and coding competitions here. I had a chance to be a judge in one competition and that gave me hope, even if there was no income.

I wanted to be financially independent. I just kept thinking of what I could do and how I could use my knowledge positively. I noticed a lack of females in robotics and coding competitions and I thought, ‘Why don’t I use my knowledge to encourage girls into STEM fields?’ I created a business that gives robotics and coding 3D design workshops to kids and flexible employment to qualified mums. I’m sometimes asked why we don’t do girls’-only workshops, and I tell them that children need to be prepared for real life, where men and women work together. Let them engage in all aspects of these fields.

I have a toddler and another baby on the way and I need flexibility and to be my own boss. But I’m an engineer and don’t have any idea about business! I found Global Sisters on my council website. I joined the session and it was amazing, it helped me order my thoughts and ideas. They helped me onto the right track and gave me the structure to start my own business.

Global Sisters has changed my life because of its support. We meet to discuss how to grow, but it’s not just about accelerating our businesses or the grants that help me market my business, buy kit and trademark Robofun. Just as importantly, Global Sisters connects us with the community.

The Sisters share experiences and encourage each other. We help each other to overcome barriers, we give power and energy to each other. As a woman and a mum, you can feel like you’re struggling and need support. To feel that someone understands and is in the same situation gives you the power to believe you can do it.”

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Global Sisters is all about making business possible for women who face barriers to mainstream employment due to their circumstances … women who are seeking financial independence. Sister School is a real world business education program that aims to equip women with the practical knowledge, skills and support needed to start a business or grow an early stage business.  Click Here to find out more