Dur-é Dara

Feminist, Activist, Advocate, Restaurateur, Musician

About Me

Dur-é is sixty seven years-old and came to Australia on her own initiative, at the age of sixteen. She is Indian by race, Malaysian by birth and a citizen of Australia by choice.

After finishing school, Dur-é studied Social Work at Melbourne University and joined the Youth Welfare Division as a case worker. She then embarked on a forty-year career in hospitality, beginning as a waiter, and becoming an owner operator of restaurants and cafes.  She has been a performing musician of spontaneously improvised music for forty years.

Dur-é is an activist and advocate for women and girls through the Victorian Women’s Trust. This strengthens her resolve that living in Australia provides an opportunity to progress democracy, equity and human rights.

The neglect of, and struggle for, Indigenous Australians, asylum seekers, the disabled and the disenfranchised rests heavily in her heart. The care for the earth, responsibility for climate change and a return of the commons, remain paramount in her hopes, dreams, and endeavours for action in her lifetime.

Dur-é believes you get nothing you deserve – only what you have the courage to negotiate. Family is a luxurious membership if you are able to secure it. Dur-é’s women friends are magnificent. Men who know how to love and befriend are wonderful.

Dur-é’s journey for a sense of happiness and contentment has been in the company of her life partner and his two children and granddaughter.

She has a high standard of both pleasure and leisure.


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