Yarra celebrates Refugee Week

Friday 23 June 2017

Refugee community members hugging

Coming up on Tuesday 27 June, our annual Refugee Week Celebration recognises the important contribution that refugees make to Australia and to our local community.

Join us for this special celebration, ‘Journeys of Courage’, featuring Michael Gordon (Political Editor for The Age), SisterWorks entrepreneurs and a range of renowned performers, including Mzuri Children's Dance. The MC for the night will be local author and human rights advocate, Arnold Zable. 

When: Tuesday 27th June, 6–8.30pm
Where: Fitzroy Town Hall

Light refreshments will be served.

This event will also feature The Voiceless Journeys photo exhibition – telling the silent stories of 101 people who, through conflict or necessity, left their countries to make a new life in Australia.

Book your free ticket online or contact us on 9205 5555 or at info@yarracity.vic.gov.au  

We support refugees and asylum seekers – having been a Refugee Welcome Zone since 2002. This means that we are committed to welcoming refugees into the community, upholding the human rights of refugees, demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community.

Yarra Council adopted its own Refugee and Asylum Seeker Statement in 2005, which outlines our commitment to a respectful and compassionate approach to Asylum Seekers.

In 2010, Yarra Council voted to permanently display the Welcome Banners to Refugees and Asylum Seekers from three town hall sites – Collingwood, Fitzroy and Richmond, and continues to do so.

To further reinforce its commitment to refugees, in August 2016 Yarra Council voted not do business with companies who derive profit from contracts in the detention centre industry.

See Refugee Week for more events and background information about the week-long celebration of the courage of refugees, worldwide. 

 

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