Professor Samina Yasmeen, The University of Western Australia director of the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, has been inducted into the WA Women's Hall of Fame on the centenary of International Women's Day.
The professor of political science and international relations joins a list of 100 leading women in Western Australia who have been recognised for their influence on society.
Professor Yasmeen migrated to Australia in 1977 from Pakistan and has since achieved a distinguished record of academic achievement in the fields of human rights, Muslim minority affairs and foreign policy in the Indian Ocean region.
A prolific researcher and commentator on Muslim identities, Professor Yasmeen is highly respected and renowned in government and academic circles for her contributions to research on Muslims in Australia since the early 1990s. She is also recognised as an outstanding teacher and has implemented a string of innovations to the teaching of international relations and the influences of Islam on world politics.
Professor Yasmeen's passion has been to educate and inform the community, raise the level of understanding and build trust, tolerance, confidence, safety, respect and security for all. To achieve this, she shares her knowledge with students, government, the WA Police, the Australian Defence Force, the media and community at large.
Her achievements have brought her widespread international recognition, with speaking invitations that have included the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.
She is a member of the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council, the Council for Immigration Services and Status Resolution, and the International Humanitarian Law Committee.
Professor Yasmeen sits on the boards of the National Australia Day Council and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and is the vice-president of the Australian Institute for International Affairs.
Michael Sinclair-Jones (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 00 700 783