Inspirational Linneys Mother - Rabia Siddique
Inspirational Mothers - Rabia Siddique
Rabia is an international humanitarian lawyer, global story teller, thought leader, philanthropist, best selling author of “Equal Justice” and proud mother of 9 year old triplet boys as well as being a loyal client of Linneys for many years.
Tell us a little bit about you and what you do?
I am a proud first generation Western Australian - eldest child of a migrant Indian Muslim father and Australian mother.
I am an international humanitarian lawyer, global story teller, thought leader, philanthropist, best selling author of “Equal Justice” and proud mother of 9 year old triplet boys. After practising as a criminal and human rights lawyer for 20 years I was convinced to write my memoir, which was published in 2013.
How has being a Mum changed your life?
Becoming a mother changed my whole outlook on life. I now see the world from the perspective of my children. What will society, humanity and the planet look like as they grow into adults?
Giving life and raising human beings is the most important, challenging and rewarding work I have been fortunate enough to undertake. My goal is to raise kind, happy young men who realise their full potential and live a life in harmony with their values. My work is to do what I can to live a life beyond and bigger than myself and my family, to serve others by inspiring and empowering them to embrace their capacity to be the change they wish to see in their world.
If you could only wear one piece of jewellery for the rest of your life, what would it be?
That's a difficult question because I love jewellery, but if I had to choose one piece it would be something that reminded me of family, of place, of home and of the love I have been blessed with in my life.
Which women have inspired you?
I have been fortunate to have lived and learned from so many amazing, inspirational women. My Mother was my first inspiration - a woman who had the courage to follow her heart and marry the love of her life, despite the disapproval of conservative society at that time. A woman who worked hard and sacrificed so much for her children and family’s future. A woman who taught me that one could be a good mother and also be fulfilled through work outside the home.
Throughout my life I have also been inspired by many other female teachers, role models and heroines. Largely ordinary women who have fearlessly followed their dreams, bravely spoken out and forged new paths for those that have come after. It is these women whose shoulders we stand on. These women are the ones who fought for the rights and opportunities we now take for granted.
What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I’m a neat freak - only those very close to me know that I’ll never leave home without making my bed!
What makes you smile the most?
Watching my children play happily together and showing kindness to others - and if that’s happening at my beloved Perth beaches my smile is even wider!
What’s one piece of advice you would like to pass onto your children?
Live life passionately and fearlessly and don't waste time worrying about what other people will think of the choices you make. Follow your heart, listen to your gut and don't forget your head!