International Women’s day – Ayeesha Ash

Ayeesha! hi, take a moment to introduce yourself!

I’m a Tūhoe Grenadian woman, born in St. George’s, Grenada and raised in Meanjin/Brisbane. I’m the only child of a single mother, and I’m so grateful for all the ways that she continuously supports me. I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandparents growing up and I feel so lucky to be so close to them. 

What do you do for work?

I trained as an actor – and I still do acting work now – but I also write, direct and teach. I also did a Comms (Social and Political Sciences) degree, which I loved. I’m the Artistic Director of Black Birds, a creative arts company that creates work by, for and about Womxn of Colour of the diaspora. It’s an honour to provide space for WoC to share their stories and see themselves represented. 

What does celebrating International Women’s day mean to you?

It means giving thanks to allllllll the womxn in my life who have nurtured, supported and taught me – and giving thanks to all the womxn, especially Black and Brown womxn, who have fought so tirelessly for us. 

Tell us about a female role model in your life that you cherish

My mother! She is truly the most inspiring woman in my life. She has raised me by herself, put herself through uni, worked harder than anyone I know and has taught me how to love myself. Every day I am in awe of her and I’m so grateful to be her daughter. 

What do you hope IWD and the positive reinforcement it brings can achieve?

I hope people are reminded that womxn make the world go round. We deserve to be treated with respect, to be paid equally, to be heard! It’s IWD everyday – the activism or the recognition shouldn’t stop, and men need to step up!

Favourite book by a female author? 

The Coconut Children by Vivien Pham

Favourite female artist 

Mickalene Thomas

Best way to unwind? 

A face mask, glass of prosecco, and an episode of The Real Housewives

What is a 10/10 series you’re watching? 


Honest coffee order? 

Half strength long black

Sweet or savoury?


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