Keynote speaker together with Renee Dixson at the Living and Loving in Diversity Conference
AGMC, Melbourne, September 2018
In this keynote, we focus on broader discourses on people from refugee backgrounds and the place queer people occupy in them, issues of representation as well as share some progress on bridging the gaps between queer and refugee communities.
Workshop: How can we effectively support queer refugee women?
AGMC, Melbourne, September 2018
Drawing on the empirical evidence, this practical workshop addresses the needs of queer refugee women and provide examples of how they can be met. It touches upon questions of belonging, identity, and importance of representation. Most importantly, it equips participants with knowledge what they can do to ensure inclusivity of LGBTIQ community.
Professional Development Workshop: Working with and for queer refugee women?
Foundation House, Melbourne, September 2018
This 2-hour professional development workshop shares the empirical data on the lived experiences of queer refugee women using trauma theory as a conceptual framework. It then moves to discuss the implications for the service provision as well as short term and long term steps to ensure the inclusivity of services.
Clinical masterclass: Working with and for queer refugee women?
NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors, Sydney, September 2018
This masterclass shares the empirical data on the lived experiences of queer refugee women using trauma theory as a conceptual framework. It unpacks women’s experiences of queer asylum along the continuum from their countries of origin to the life post refugee visa.
Guest speaker at the Country of Origin Information Services Section Conference
Department of Home Affairs
My presentation discussed the research findings of the lived experiences of queer refugee women, intersections of gender, sexuality and the experience of seeking asylum, the impact of trauma on the storytelling and memory, questions of Western approaches to LGBTIQ identities and experiences as well as research practices in the settings of invisibility of the experiences of queer women.
Workshop co-facilitator ‘How do we achieve humanitarian responses that are inclusive of age, gender and diversity?’
2018 UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs, Switzerland
Age, gender and diversity considerations must build on the agency of individuals and include their distinct experiences related to age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, nationality, culture, religion, social status and/or other personal characteristics. These 4-hour workshop seeks to answer questions:
- How do we reconcile age, gender and diversity-related needs in humanitarian response, particularly where they intersect, overlap, or are conflicting?
- How do we ensure that we are all working towards the inclusion of all age, gender and diversity groups in our humanitarian response?
Download the full program here (see pages 16-17).
Workshop presenter. Human Rights and Queer Refugees: Ethics of Research
LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference, Thorne Harbour Health and ACON, Melbourne.
The workshop looks at the ethics of research with what formal ethics committees define as ‘vulnerable’ populations; the benefits of collaborative research; gives notes on autoethnography and narrative inquiry as methods to tell community’s stories; and the importance of self-care and boundaries when working with trauma.
Guest Lecture: Building Community with and for Queer Refugee Women
New York University, Sydney Campus
Presenter at the 2018 Health in Difference Conference
LGBTI Health Alliance, Sydney
In this presentation, I’ve shared a journey of working with queer refugee women and building our own community. I’ve presented on the existing gaps in services, representation and advocacy, as well offered solutions for more inclusive communities. I’ve critically reflected on how intersectional identities both empower and restrain.