June 16 - June 22
The City of Sydney Council is a Welcome Refugee Zone since 2005, when Council declared its commitment to welcoming refugees and asylum seekers into our community. This declaration is also a commitment to upholding human rights, demonstrating compassion and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in our community.
This year’s focus is to ‘Share a meal, share a story…’ and we would like to encourage local businesses to take up this initiative as a way to bring people together, with food. By holding a Refugee Week Share a Meal, Share a Story event the community are helping us raise awareness about both the plight of refugees and their contribution to our country. The Refugee Council of Australia has put together a host pack on how to organise such an event.
Alternatively the public are invited to attend.
Stronger Together, the City has partnered with Asylum Seekers Centre to hold a speaking event in Lower Town Hall on Thursday 20 June at 6.30pm-8pm. Speakers include leaders from Amnesty International discussing the international and national context for refugees and asylum seekers and features a choir performance by Phoenix Voices of Youth
The Speaker Bureau is a lunchtime event especially for any local workers to attend and listen to a person with lived experience as a refugee and asylum seeker in Australia. For many Australians, Refugee Week provides an opportunity to meet a refugee for the first time. This event will be held in the Marconi Room in Town Hall House at 1pm-2pm on Friday 21 June.
The Speaker Bureau is part of the Refugee Council of Australia’s Face to Face education program. The program trains and mentors refugees in public speaking to share their personal journey story with community audiences.