60 seconds with Sarah Soysa

Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights Youth Advocate and international studentSri Lanka_Sarah Soysa cropped

What are you enjoying doing at the moment?
I’m enjoying reading, my master’s experience [in gender and international development] and spending time with students from different backgrounds and cultures. Loving the variety of food and wine in Melbourne too!

If you were a super-heroine, what powers would you like to have?
I would use my super power to help all the women around the world to access free, safe and legal abortions and all young people to have access and services to sexual and reproductive health rights. Also, I wouldn’t mind using magic to conjure up different food whenever I feel like it.

What would your friends say about you?
My friends think I am patient and fun to hang out with.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone new to Australian culture, what would it be?
Experience the different cultures, people, food, entertainment. Don’t hold back! Talk to people and make friends with different backgrounds – that’s the best way to enjoy Australia.

Can you share one quote or saying you love, that keeps you going in life?
“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” (Rabindranath Tagore)

What is your favourite smell? What memory does it remind you of?
Rain on dry soil … it reminds me of forests and elephants. I love elephants.

What would be a perfect afternoon for you?
Chocolate cake and coffee having a chat with my super awesome family.

Finish this sentence: “We need feminism because…”
We need equal rights and treatment, to stay free from violence, and to make informed choices for ourselves.