Yassmin's Story

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Frank, fearless, funny, articulate and inspiring, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a dynamo, a young Muslim dynamo offering a bracing breath of fresh air - and hope.

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Yassmin's Story, Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Frank, fearless, funny, articulate and inspiring, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a dynamo, a young Muslim dynamo offering a bracing breath of fresh air - and hope.

At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian oil and gas rig; she was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian background Muslim woman. With her hijab quickly christened a 'tea cosy' there could not be a more unlikely place on earth for a young Muslim woman to want to be. This is the story of how she got there, where she is going, and how she wants the world to change.

Born in the Sudan, Yassmin and her parents moved to Brisbane when she was two, and she has been tackling barriers ever since. At 16 she founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation focused on helping young people to work for positive change in their communities. In 2007 she was named Young Australian Muslim of the Year and in 2010 Young Queenslander of the Year. In 2011 Yassmin graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and in 2012 she was named Young Leader of the Year in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac's inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards as well as an InStyle cultural leader and a Marie Claire woman of the future.

Yassmin has now been awarded Youth of the Year in the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards.

Penguin Random House is contributing royalties to Youth Without Borders.

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    ISBN: 9780857986153
    Published: 01/03/2016
    Imprint: Vintage Australia
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"It is an absolute delight to read about the multiple identities of the inspirational Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a strong, proud Australian who refuses to be stereotyped or let her gender define her. There’s a refreshing humbleness and self-effacing air about the 24-year-old’s upbeat, effortlessly inspiring memoir, which details her journey from Sudan to Queensland and more recently the oil rigs of Western Australia. It is an atypical but at the same time also familiar Aussie story that extols the virtues of hard work, tolerance and perseverance.

This is a hard memoir to put down. Abdel-Magied’s winning personality and ability to laugh in the face of adversity help create a truly impressive piece of writing. Her writing style and enthusiasm would win over even the most cynical of souls. This is a book accessible to all readers, with a casual, conversational tone. Lots of colloquialisms help give us a good idea of Abdel-Magied’s personality." - Heath Chamerski, Right Now

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and petrol head.

She advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Yassmin is also passionate about diversifying public voices, connecting people and catalysing change.

At sixteen, Yassmin Abdel-Magied founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation focused on enabling young people to work for positive change in their communities.

In 2012 she was named Young Leader in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac's inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards. Born in Sudan and moving to with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours), and was a recipient of the University of Queensland's Dean's Excellence scholarship. Yassmin has just been recognised in the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards as Youth of the Year.

She serves on various state and federal councils and is currently works as an engineering specialist on oil and gas rigs. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, having a yarn, football (Liverpool FC!), Formula 1, boxing and is saving for her first V8.