The longer you’re away from your home country, the weirder it feels to watch what is happening in it, especially in the last decade or so. As a long term overseas resident, you are definitely aware that you hold onto a romantic view of home – because it’s always home in your heart – so it can be super challenging watching it change, not for the better. I definitely understand the migrant families we grew up with more today, although I didn’t have all of the experiences they had on the journey in their migration to Australia, especially those who arrived as refugees.
Unsurprisingly, my sister, Phillipa Edwards, is equally passionate about what’s going on around the world, but especially in Australia. She speaks up, does all she can to raise awareness on the issues that matter, and challenges people to think critically. As someone whose career has always been in the performing arts, she has a lot to offer there too, and the damage being done to an area of study and expertise, that is critical for the future of work. Seriously, sometimes you want to put you head in your hands and weep at the damage being done to the next generation and society.
So here’s your chance to meet my sister – if you haven’t already – for my first #GalTalk, something I hope to do with lots of different women in my life, and we’re talking about the issues that matter in the world. Phillipa will be a regular, because we need some sauciness.