Rez was born in a United Nations refugee camp in Pakistan as her family escaped their homeland due to the persecution of Kurds. After years of struggle endured in the United Nations refugee camps in Pakistan, Rez and her family were fortunately given the opportunity to settle to New Zealand to and create a new life for ourselves. Her family suffered tremendous difficulties to reach where they are today, having come to New Zealand with absolutely nothing. However, Rez never used their misfortune as a reason to underachieve, and in fact used it as motivation to excel beyond expectations. This drive has been evident from her childhood in that although English was her fourth language, she has gone on to become the first in her family to graduate from secondary school and attend university and is currently in the process of becoming New Zealand’s first Kurdish female lawyer.
This talk is from the 2016 Festival for the Future, in New Zealand.