Seham Shwayli has recently finished her PhD at Monash University in October 2015. She received her Master of Education in TESOL and Linguistics from Monash in 2010 and her Bachelor in Arts from Basra University, Iraq in 1996. Her PhD focuses on social inclusion and challenges facing Muslim women and their families in Australia. Seham worked in language education for twelve years in Iraq. She works as ESL teacher, women’s advocate and multicultural youth worker in Australia. Her main research interests are migration and refugee studies, Muslim family issues in diaspora, women and gender in Middle East, impacts of war, sanction, and occupation on Iraqi women, Iraq.