2017 – Public Speaking

Panel Presentation: ‘Roundtable on gender equality: better protection for all refugees’

High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges, UNHCR, Palais des Nations, Geneva
My presentation focused on the need to adopt gender and diversity sensitive language and approaches to protection. Download the full speech here.

Respondent on the panel: ‘Debt and Modern Refugee’

UNSW Grand Challenge for Refugees, Sydney
I was a respondent to the paper by Prof. Jeremy Gilbert unpacking the relationships between the concepts of debt, asylum, and gratefulness.

Invited Speaker: Intersectional activism

Junket 2017, Canberra
My presentation focused on what it means to reject the binaries of queer activism or feminism and adopt intersectional approaches.

Invited speaker: Queerstories

Home and Exile: When home and exile become one, how does one belong? A story about a queer search for safety. Listen to the podcast here.

Workshop facilitator: FightRight: How to best support people from refugee backgrounds

Presented as a part of the social art project ‘Stories about Hope’, Sydney, Melbourne.

Workshop facilitator: Why we need to stop asking people where they come from: The Home Workshop

Presented as a part of the social art project ‘Stories about Hope’, Bowral, Sydney, Melbourne.

Panel presentation: What does it mean to be a queer refugee woman? On trauma, belonging & well-being.

Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s (LBQ) Health Conference, Sydney, ACON and Victorian AIDS Council (VAC).
As a speaker of the panel focusing on the mental health of LBQ women, my key focus of the presentation was the intersectional experiences of LBQ women who sought asylum in Australia and the impact of complex trauma on mental health, general well-being and belonging.

Panel moderator ‘Telling it how it is: youth perspectives on good practice’

 Invited moderator by the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network as a part of Refugee Alternatives Conference.
The discussion was focused around refugee youth perspectives on advocacy and service provision.

Panel presentation: ‘The plight for equality: seeking asylum and being queer’

Invited speaker for a panel organised by Road to Refuge, Melbourne
The aim of the panel discussion was to raise the awareness about the current political attitudes in Australia towards the queer people who sought asylum.

Panel presentation: ‘What does it mean to be a queer refugee woman?’

National Multicultural Women’s Conference, Sydney, Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) & Settlement Services International (SSI).
My speech was focused around the intersectionality between gender, culture and sexuality on the example of queer women from a refugee background.

Panel presentation: Ethics & Aesthetics of displacement’

Arts & Refugees Forum, Sydney, Settlement Services International.

Panel presentation: ‘Ethics of storytelling & representation’

Sydney School for Critical Social Thought by the Institute for Social Justice.

Invited speaker ‘Ethics of storytelling & representation’

‘Shaping a New Story’ Conference, Sydney, Centre for Australian Progress

Panel presentation:‘The ethics of representation’

LGBTI Refugees Forum, Sydney,  Uniting Church.