Politics

Muslim PM Anne Aly details horrific stories of racism, sexism and death threats

As Australia’s first female Muslim MP, Dr Anne Aly made political history when she entered politics in 2016.

Aly, a Labor MP from Western Australia, was an academic before moving into politics. Egyptian-born, she moved with her family to Australia when she was just two years old.

She has a PhD from Curtin University and went on to lecture on counter-terrorism and security at Edith Cowan University and Curtin University.

She is considered a leading expert in understanding how and why young people are drawn to violent extremism, founding People Against Violent Extremism to address the phenomenon in Australia.

All impressive achievements – but that hasn’t stopped her from being subjected to horrific racist and sexist abuse since becoming an MP.

Online, she’s been called an “ISIS whore”, told she’d be shot dead in a carpark, or gassed in “the ovens” like Holocaust victims.

Writing in Friday’s West Australian newspaper, Aly outlined some of the vile abuse she has received over the years, adding the current atmosphere for female politicians in Parliament was “bleak.”

Labor member for Cowan Anne Aly poses for a portrait at Parliament House in Canberra, February, Monday 24, 2020. Credit: MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE

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