Libraries, Things to do  |  13 Jul 2022

Asma Elbadawi is a sports inclusivity consultant, dyslexia advocate, spoken word poet and Muslim woman who successfully campaigned to allow Hijab to be worn on the basketball court.

And she’s coming to Christchurch as part of her national speaking tour held by the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand.

Ms Elbadawi will address overcoming life’s mysteries and challenges at Tūranga on July 21.

She is well known for her two-year campaign to have a ban on religious head coverings removed by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), in which more than 130,000 signatures were collected in support of her campaign.   Thereafter, FIBA reversed its rule and hijab is now allowed to be worn on court.

As a person with dyslexia, Ms. Elbadawi found her expression through poetry and spoken word.   Her dyslexia has allowed her to “think outside the box.”   She has excelled.   

Using her words, her art, her advocacy and athleticism, Ms. Elbadawi has a track record of tackling and overcoming challenges off and on the court.   The public is invited to hear Ms. Elbadawi .   After Ms her talk, there will also be a Q+A session with the public.

The event is free, however please register your interest here before July 15 to secure a spot.