Alum to contribute to new British Museum exhibition on Feminine power
Perth based humanitarian Rabia Siddique has been chosen to feature as one of five strong global female voices in a special programme of events to support the British Museum’s latest exhibition ‘Feminine power: the divine to the demonic’.
The exhibition (taking place from – together ancient sculpture, sacred artefacts and contemporary art from six continents to explore the diversity of ways in which femininity has been perceived across the globe, from the ancient world to today.
In a first for the British Museum, the five special guest contributors have been invited to share their personal and professional experiences when responding to the exhibition’s key themes of Passion and Desire, Magic and Malice, Forces of Nature, Justice and Defence and Compassion and Salvation.
Rabia Siddique is an Australian Goodenough Alum, former British Army officer, inspirational speaker, leadership consultant, and human rights advocate, now working as a barrister specialising in war crimes, terrorism and human rights. After overcoming a terrifying hostage ordeal and childhood sexual abuse, Rabia garnered global attention for standing up for justice in the face of public ridicule. In successfully suing the British Government for silencing her about a 2005 hostage ordeal it opened the floodgates for similar cases, heralding policy changes to deliver a fairer workplace for women and cultural minorities in the military and other areas of public life.
Rabia comments: “This is an incredible honour and opportunity to represent my region, to share impactful stories, and to take part in important conversations about the way women have been represented and the roles women have played through the ages, particularly in the areas of justice, peacekeeping, diplomacy and defence.
The exhibition will provide an important opportunity to challenge traditional binary notions of femininity, and to advocate for greater equity and representation of women in positions of leadership, influence and impact.”