Refugee Council of Australia
Poster of Nothing About Us Without Us

Nothing about us without us: Getting serious about refugee self-representation

On 16 June 2017, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) and Independent Diplomat co-hosted an event in the margins of the 2017 UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs on the theme: “Nothing About Us Without Us: Getting Serious About Refugee Self-Representation”.

The event, held at the Graduate Institute Geneva during the lunch break in the final day of the NGO Consultations, included a panel discussion with Sonia Ben Ali (Urban Refugees), Mulki Ali Abdalla (Somali Refugee Committee in Malaysia, by pre-recorded video), Shaza al Rihawi (Network for Refugee Voices, EU) and Professor Yiombi Thona (Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network).

The panel also included Australian NGO and community representatives Atem Atem (Refugee Communities Advocacy Network NSW) and Tabitha Chepkwony (Australian National Committee on Refugee Women), with Arash Bordbar (refugee youth advocate) and Najeeba Wazefadost (Hazara Women of Australia) as moderators. 41 people from 10 different countries and 30 organisations, including several representatives of UNHCR, attended this event.

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