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What's Holding You Hostage? - Rabia's Story

What's Holding You Hostage? - Rabia's Story
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Rabia Siddique has wowed audiences internationally with her address “Courage Under Fire”. A wide-ranging discussion about resilience, courage, strength and forgiveness, authentic leadership, equality, and diversity.

Rabia’s story is shaped by a career as a former war crimes and terrorism prosecutor, international humanitarian, retired British Army officer, and hostage survivor, against a backdrop of triumph against adversity in having battled abuse, discrimination, chronic health problems and trauma.

Rabia’s story will inspire and motivate, providing you with the tools to empower and free you from that which is holding you hostage. It will enable you to display the courage under fire you will at times need to become the best practitioner, leader, and version of yourself you can be.

Join us for this unique opportunity to hear Rabia.

Learning objectives

You will learn:

  • How to identify your values and live and lead in harmony with them.
  • About resilience, the process and how we build and practise it.
  • About the strength of diversity, in all its forms.
  • The four actions required to be an agent for change.

Who should attend

All practitioners.


There will be no paper for this presentation.


  • Breakfast from 7.30am
  • 8.00am - 9.30am

Live Web Stream 

This seminar is available via live web stream, direct to your computer. Click here to find out more about web streaming.
Please note: Live Web Stream registrations close 3pm, 24 May 2017.

Fee (incl GST)

Breakfast Seminar

  • $85 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $135 - Non-members

Live Web Stream

  • $75 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $125 - Non-members

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here

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Auckland 25 May
Live Web Stream 25 May


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Humanitarian, Speaker, Author

Rabia is an Australian criminal and human rights lawyer, retired British Army officer, former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor, international humanitarian, hostage survivor, professional speaker, coach and published author.

Rabia has undertaken human rights and community aid work in the Middle East, South America, the United Kingdom and Australia, receiving numerous awards including a Queen’s commendation in 2006 for her work in Iraq, Runner Up for Australian Woman of the Year in the UK in 2009, Australian Business Woman of the Year Finalist and being named one of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence. Rabia was also selected as a State finalist in the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards and has been appointed as a Director of the International Foundation for Non-Violence. Having earned an international reputation as a powerful, transformative, inspirational and unforgettable speaker Rabia is in demand to address audiences around the globe.

In October 2014 Rabia received a standing ovation from 1700 people at her TEDx talk titled ‘Courage Under Fire’ where she spoke about the power we all have to create the change in the world we wish to see. In March 2015, Rabia was nominated for the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award and cited as a case study at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York. As nominee for the Professional Speakers Association of Australia (PSA) Keynote Speaker of the Year Award, Rabia was chosen to headline the 2016 PSA National Congress. Rabia’s best selling memoir, “Equal Justice’ was published in Australia and New Zealand in 2013 and is now in its sixth reprint. Her book will soon be published in North America and Europe and an Australian/British feature film based on it is currently being developed.

Leading with professionalism, integrity, ethics and compassion, Rabia, who speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic, is committed to peace, gender equality, inclusion and education. This is evidenced in her philanthropic work and dedication to inspiring others to find their voice and embrace their capacity to create ripples of change. Rabia has run the London marathon and a double marathon in Australia for charity. She is a Mother to young triplet boys, her biggest and most rewarding challenge yet.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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