Diaspora Symposium: Refugees & Asylum Seekers’ Discourse Event
Sydney Peace Foundation is proud to support and invite you to:
Diaspora Symposium: Refugee & Asylum Seekers’ Discourse
NSW Parliament House
Tuesday 11 October 2016, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
The Symposium provides an opportunity for artists and poets to use avant-garde arts and poetry to explore critical feminist perspectives on social justice and human rights. The value of transnationalism will be highlighted. The meaning and the consequences of colonizing human rights will be explored.
Created and directed by Award Winning Human Rights Activist, Poet and Filmmaker Saba Vasefi. The event will be hosted by the Greens MP and a finalist in the Daily Life Woman of the Year Award Dr. Mehreen Faruqi, launched by CEO of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence Kirstie Parker and Mced by SBS Radio Executive Producer Roza Germian from the Kurdish language program.
The panel discussion will be chaired by Walkley Award Winning Journalist and The Guardian’s Immigration Correspondent Ben Doherty. The panel asks leaders in law, the media, the arts and community activism to discuss ways to resist opposition to radical changes in the promotion of universal human rights and social equality.
Members of the panel:
Helen Kellie: SBS Chief Content Officer
Julian Burnside: Barrister, Author and Refugee Advocate
Eman Sharobeem: National Community Engagement Manager for SBS Radio
Shen Narayanasamy: Lawyer & Get Up’s Human Rights Campaigner
The Symposium will include courageous voices from Nauru and Manus detention centres, ‘World Citizen’ Mina Taherkhani, Poet and Journalist Behrouz Boochani.
Featuring Youth artists, Cellist and Vocalist Minerva Khodabande, Vocalist Rebecca Hatch and outspoken feminists from a transnational community; Award Winning Artist and Human Rights Activist Candy Royalle, Award Winning Hip Hop Artist Kween G and Poet and Human Rights Activist Sara Saleh.
Supporters: City of Sydney, SBS, The Guardian Australia, Amnesty International, Sydney Peace Foundation, Getup, Settlement Services International, SydWest Multicultural Services, Refugee Council of Australia and Bridge for Asylum Seekers foundation.