Dr Mehreen Faruqi is the Greens’ senator for New South Wales. She is a civil and environmental engineer and life-long activist for social and environmental justice. In 2013, she joined NSW State Parliament, becoming the first Muslim woman to sit in an Australian parliament. In 2018, Mehreen became the first Muslim woman in the Senate. She has been a passionate advocate against racism and misogyny.
Since emigrating from Pakistan in 1992 and completing her doctorate at the University of New South Wales, Mehreen has worked in leadership positions for local government, consulting firms and as an academic in Australia and internationally.
Mehreen has been involved in feminist and anti-racist activism throughout her life. Since joining the federal Senate in August 2018, Mehreen has been an outspoken advocate for anti-racism, public education, social housing and animal welfare. Mehreen continues her activist work in fighting for human rights and social justice.