Zahida has wanted to be a lawyer since the age of ten, when she witnessed the most marginalised people in her community suffer due limited legal awareness. She felt that choosing a career in Law would give her the necessary qualifications to reach out to people who needed help. With Law, she has not only found a career that allows her to be an advocate, but she has also found a career that gives her space to constantly learn and grow. This is why she finds the field of personal injuries law particularly rewarding.
At Deakin University, Zahida completed a double degree in Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Majoring in International Relations) before finishing her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law. Prior to joining Shine Lawyers, she was an Employment Outcomes Consultant for a job services provider, which helped deepen her understanding of contract guidelines, professional obligations and authority regulations. She also completed a pro bono clerkship at the West Heidelberg Community Legal Service in 2015 where she gained increased knowledge of legal research, drafting and legal administrative procedures.
Zahida is a member of the culturally and linguistically diverse community and has seen how difficult it can be for people to navigate the legal system without expert guidance. She believes she can empathise with those who feel they have no voice and give them a platform to be heard irrespective of the social hierarchy. As well as being a member of the Muslim Legal Network Victoria, Zahida works with charity organisations that provide aid to refugees and victims of war and tragedy. She would also like to be a catalyst for change in the legal field and inspire other women from under-represented demographics to pursue leadership roles.