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National: Refugee Week
June 14 - June 20
This year’s theme is “Speaking Up for Refugees” and nationally there will be digital forums with guest speakers. #justice4refugees #NobodyLeftBehind #GameOver
- Saturday, 13th June – City rallies
- Sunday, 14th June, 6.15pm, On ‘Welcome’: Migration, First Nations and Refugee Communities: for the official Refugee Week 2020 launch, panelists from first nations and refugee communities take a deep dive into the meaning of ‘welcome’ and the intersections of indigenous and refugee rights. Hosted in collaboration with the Wheeler Centre.*
- Sunday 14 June, at 7pm – hear Zac T Quinn, author of SANLUNDIA speak about his work with asylum seekers on Manus Island. Other speakers to be announced. Zoom Meeting or livestreamed to Facebook
- Monday, 15th June, 6.15pm, Words Without Borders: an evening of spoken word and poetry performed by members of Australia’s Refugee communities, in collaboration with The Wheeler Centre.*
- Tuesday 16th June @ 7pm – 9:30pm (Free) Amnesty online event: In Conversation with Ali Discussing how people with refugee backgrounds are making our neighbourhoods that much brighter, especially during the past few months. RSVP here
- Wednesday, 17th June, 12pm, Voices from the front line: Refugee women and COVID-19: Refugee and asylum seeking women and leaders of frontline services share their experiences of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.*
- Wednesday, 17th June, Global storytelling night, in partnership with Refugee Week UK. Join four amazing people from around the world as they share their stories of ‘welcome’ and ‘imagination’, based on this year’s themes. MC’ed by the awesome Mariam Issa.*
- Thursday, 18th June, 1pm, Foundations for Belonging: Join ABC’s Lydia Feng in conversation with Shanthi Robertson (Western Sydney University), Dor Achiek (Settlement Services International) and Shukufa Tahiri (Refugee Council of Australia) for this special Australia at Home event.*
- Thursday 18th June, 4pm, In-Depth Conversation: Join Cate Blanchett in conversation with Australia for UNHCR Special Representative Marta Dusseldorp.
- Friday 19th June, 7.30pm, For Sama: Tune in for this special screening of Oscar-nominated and multi-award winning film For Sama. In partnership with the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.
- Saturday, 20th June: STARTTS annual Humanitarian Awards, to celebrate World Refugee Day and wrap up Refugee Week.*
- Saturday 20th WORLD REFUGEE DAY @2 – 4pm (Free) Online Reading the Lives of Refugees hear the stories and join the discussion with author Christine Cummins. When we welcome people into our homes, we usually offer tea. We sit together, get to know each other. Hosted by Grandmothers for Refugees. Join this Zoom event Meeting ID: 641 057 0613 Password: 998770
- Saturday 20 June, 1-2pm – World Refugee Day online forum hosted by ARAN. Speakers include Craig Foster and Najeeba Wazefadost (National Refugee Advisory and Advocacy Group (NRAAG). Additional speakers and access details to be announced on the ARAN website by 10 June.
- Everyday @ 10:00 am & @ 7:00 pm Online screening of The Staging Post Meet the refugees stuck in Indonesia and learn about their refugee-led education revolution. Each screening will include an introduction to the star of the film and a Q&A with the refugee community in Indonesia. To register or for more information email:
Mount Alexander Shire:
- a streamed movie “The Island” to raise money for asylum seekers. Produced by local Alex Kelly, it outlines the situation of asylum seekers incarcerated on Christmas Island against a moving backdrop of the physical dangers beauty.
- from 24 June, our regular Wednesday Vigil at the Market Building revived and revitalised continuing to bear witness to the incarcerations offshore and in Australia
- articles and interviews in the local media
- launching our local drive to raise money to sponsor refugees stuck in Papua New Guinea to Canada
- Refugee Council of Australia
- Now up on the ARAN website. We will be adding material regularly to support the week by week themes – templates are available there for your own social media posts.
- The Refugee Council of Australia has produced a guide to Refugee Week and list of events
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- RAR – Send details of your events to our , virtual and otherwise, that we can put this on our website, including on your group’s webpage.
- ARAN – You can also publicise events though ARAN (email details to , using the Subject Line: Refugee Week event information for ARAN website)
- Refugee Council – Register your event here
- Refugee Advocacy Network – Email Marie on