Striving and Surviving: Rabia Siddique
27 February 2013
"Striving and Surviving"
Join AmCham as we hear the courageous role Rabia played by resolving a hostage crisis in Iraq and surviving being taken captive by terrorists and suing the British military in a case that made international headlines.
After obtaining Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees from UWA, Rabia started her legal career as a criminal defence lawyer at Legal Aid WA. She then became the youngest ever appointed Commonwealth Prosecutor in Australia. In 1998 she moved to the UK where she later joined and became a British Army poster girl, and in a terrifying ordeal, along with a male colleague, assisted with the rescue of two SAS soldiers from Iraqi insurgents during a hostage situation that garnered worldwide attention.
After the Iraq hostage incident Rabia's male colleague received a Military Cross for outstanding bravery, while her part in the incident was covered up by the British Army and Government. In her fight for justice she brought a landmark race and sex discrimination case against the UK Ministry of Defence.
Rabia now works as the Commissioner's Legal Counsel for WA Police. She passionately believes in and promotes flexible work practices. She is currently writing a book about her life experiences to date.
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