Farida Iqbal, 36, is running for the WA senate as the Socialist Alliance candidate to fight for the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community.
Iqbal was born in Rockingham and raised in Fremantle. She holds Doctorate (PhD) in Anthropology from University of Western Australia (UWA).
Iqbal has working in various small jobs such retail at supermarkets and tutoring Anthropology at UWA. At the moment, she is a dedicated artist who stands up for the rights of discriminated LGBTI community.
Iqbal identifies herself as a gay. She remembers many difficult times in schools because of her sexuality. This is one of the reasons Farida wears her hat as a potential politician to change the repressive situation of the LGBTI community in WA.
“I’ve seen all the hardships that gay people go through in this country and transgender people and intersex people and it’s too much and it got to change,” says Iqbal.
She is among the pioneers who are fighting for LGBTI rights, which she describes as a “human right issue.”
Iqbal is a big supporter of the Safe Schools Coalition which she says can reduce discrimination and bullying in schools of LGBTI kids.
One of her Facebook friends, Hawraa Adnan, said that she believes Iqbal has the ability to win as she connects with the public individually and doesn’t confuse the people with “big election words”.
Adnan said, “Through her, the queer community will have someone that is committed to fighting for the cause.”
Iqbal is also fighting against poverty and homelessness in WA.
One of her campaigns, Tax The Super Rich For Real, aims to wake up the government on the tax issues in WA.
“Everyone has a right to a decent wage,” says Iqbal.
“Society for Billions not Billionaires” is one of the slogans of her campaign that is aimed at creating awareness in the Australian government to tax the rich and not burden the middle class.
She said that she wants to eradicate racism and fascism over Aboriginals and Muslims in WA and she says the government “should be held to account for these issues.”
She has been involved with political parties for the past 15 years and seems to be very active on social media especially Facebook.
She smiled thinking of the little achievements she has made so far by attracting journalists to interview her for the federal election, and said it gives her “strength to fight, to defend the coalition.”
She urges everyone to ponder her points for this election and to consider voting to bring a change in the community.
She said by voting for her, people are deciding to “stand as a message to the bigger parties.
“All of us, no matter what race, religion, sexual orientation, gender - we all need to come together in unite and go for these things.”