The University of Southampton is marking World Refugee Day with a hybrid event, being held both in person at Turner Sims and online.
This event is a unique opportunity to hear directly from those who have experienced displacement and resettlement, and gain a deeper understanding of the legal and policy frameworks that shape their lives.
The speakers include Dr Homira May Rezai, Chair of Hazara Committee UK, and Hewan Omer, Country Director of the Free Yezidi Foundation, who will be sharing their experiences of seeking refuge and resettling, highlighting the challenges they faced and how education played a crucial role in their journey and helped them to succeed in their new homes. They will also discuss the importance of refugee rights – and the need for more inclusive policies to address the global refugee crisis.
They will be joined by Barrister S Chelvan who specialises in the claims of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers fleeing homophobic or transphobic persecution. Chelvan will provide insight into the legal issues facing refugees and asylum seekers, his experiences and successes, and why he has chosen to specialise in this area of law.
After hearing from all three speakers, there will be the opportunity for an audience Q&A.
The event is being brought to Southampton by UoS REACH Staff Network, in collaboration with Widening Participation & Social Mobility and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, are pleased to announce an upcoming hybrid event commemorating World Refugee Day.
The event will be held at the Turner Sims concert hall on Highfield Campus on Tuesday 20th June 2023, from 18:15 to 19:45. Refreshments will be available from 17:45.
The event will also be run as a hybrid offering – so please ensure that you select the correct button below when registering.
The university invites all members of the community to join in this important conversation – and to show their support for refugees on World Refugee Day.
To register to attend the event in person, click here.
To register to attend the event online. click here.
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