Anjum has been living in Hamilton for 42 years, arriving in this city at the age of 5 in 1972. She has done all her schooling here and has a Bachelor and Masters in Management Studies from the University of Waikato. Both of her children were born at Waikato Hospital. She is a fully qualified chartered accountant with 20 years of practical experience providing services to small and medium size businesses and farming operations. She also serves voluntarily as treasurer and/or board member for a variety of not-for-profit organisations including Free FM (Hamilton’s community access radio station), the Waikato Interfaith Council, and Ethnic New Zealand Trust. She has currently taken on a second job as the Strategic Manager of Shama (Hamilton Ethnic Women’s Centre), an organisation that provides social support services for ethnic women and their families. This includes family violence services, advocacy, settlement support and lifeskills classes. She is a political and human rights activist, a feminist, and a person who works continuously on social and cultural change with the aim of creating a more socially just and inclusive society.