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Organisations across the UK are holding an exciting range of online discussions for Refugee Week 2020, 15-21 June.

Here are some selected highlights – visit our events page for the full programme.

 

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Shaping the city: history of the Huguenots, 15 – 19 June
Museum of London
A series of bite-sized talks on the history of the Huguenots in London, looking objects from the collections of Museum of London and The Huguenot Museum in Rochester and showing how London’s first refugees shaped the city in a way that is still felt today. More details

 

Refugee Women in Leadership, 16 June, 5.30pm – 6.30pmRefugee Women in Leadership
Cambridge Assessment Refugee Support Committee with Women in Leadership Network
Panel talk with Sarah Mardini, student, activist, search & rescue swimmer, cultural mediator, human rights defender and Syrian refugee living in Berlin; and Majeda Khoury, former children’s therapist from Damascus imprisoned by the Syrian government for helping to feed people whose homes had been destroyed in the war, who now uses food to continue her activism in exile through her catering enterprise The Syrian Sunflower. More details

 

rsz_tag_it_right-02Tag it Right, 16 June, 2pm
Counterpoints Arts
A discussion of the biases within our media, from how we tag our own photos online to the Western-centric algorithms within major companies like Google.  By #Tag it Right, a youth-led campaign to shift online perspectives of migration. Part of Counterpoints Arts’ PopChange project. More details

 

City-of-refugees_RWCity of Refugees, 16 June, 6.30pm – 7.15pm
Museum of London
Saira Niazi, founder of Living London, is joined in conversation by Tamer and Yusuf, two Syrian refugees who will be sharing their journeys, and how they came to make London their home. More details

 

Resist, remember, repairRacial Justice Network: Resist, Remember, Repair, 17 June, 9.30 – 10.30pm
Migration Matters Festival
Whilst calls to ‘decolonise’ are now commonplace on UK university campuses and activist spaces, the term is at risk of being reduced to a mere buzzword, bereft of historical and socio-political context, and emptied of its radical impetus. The Racial Justice Network is joined by African Voices Platform to discuss decolonisation. More details

 

Hostile environment in the artsHow do we challenge hostile environments in the arts? 18 June, 2pm–3.30pm
Phosphoros Theatre with Counterpoints Arts
Artists and practitioners working with groups underserved by the arts discuss how we can challenge hostile environments in arts and culture. Guest speakers will share their current practice, how COVID-19 has impacted their work and ideas for working collaboratively. More details

 

WeWork life feed from Jordan

Camp life and football by the Syrian border, 18 June 12 – 12.30pm
WeWork
Live from the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan –the world’s largest camp for Syrian refugees– WeWork, Goal Click and UNHCR invite you to hear from 21 year old Fawzi, a coach and former professional footballer living in Za’atari after he fled Syria. More details

 

Is Covid-19 racist

Is Covid-19 racist? 19 June, 6 – 7pm
Migration Matters Festival and Stand Up to Racism
Join former Sheffield Lord Mayor and MEP Magid Magid, NHS doctor and campaigner Dr Sonia Adesara and NHS worker and BAFTA winner Hassan Akkad to explore the relationship between government policy, healthcare and institutionalised discrimination within today’s society. More details

 

Stories of hopeNarratives of Hope, Solidarity and Resilience, 19 June, 5 – 7pm
Oxford City of Sanctuary and Oxford Human Rights Festival
Panel discussion on changing the narrative about refugees, led by Basma El Doukhi, Masters candidate at the Centre of Development and Emergency Practice at Oxford Brookes University and stateless Palestinian refugee, and featuring the Oxford Lord Mayor. More details

 

Sup supper clubSUP Supper Club: The Taste of Displacement, 20 June, 11am – 12.30pm
SUP? Supper Club
Join SUP? Supper Club and Natakallam Conversation Partner Hadiya,  to explore women’s experiences of displacement, food as cultural memory and whether the coronavirus crisis will finally give us a chance to re-imagine human mobility across borders. Plus Arabic language tips from Hadiya! More details

 

Imagine my realityImagine My Reality, 20 June, 2pm – 4.30pm
Maokwo with the Slangauges Project, part of Coventry Welcomes

Coronavirus has both shown the importance of unity and exposed social and economic divides. A creative exploration inviting you to ‘Imagine the Reality’ of an asylum seeker, refugee, migrant, person of colour, in this time of crisis and beyond… More details