Refugee Week is Australia's peak annual activity, coordinated by The Refugee Council of Australia to celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to society. The week is an important opportunity promote positive narratives and raise awareness about the issues impacting refugees to create a culture of understanding and welcome.
In the last financial year, young people made up 26% of all arrivals in Australia through the Humanitarian Program. These young people bring with them strengths and capabilities and enormous potential to be active participants in Australian society. While they face particular barriers in accessing the support and opportunities to fulfil this potential, they are important actors in addressing these challenges through advocacy and creating positive change through storytelling.
This Refugee Week, MYAN Australia is reimagining the theme, A World of Stories, which calls for participants to Share a Meal, Share a Story, by holding a 'virtual feast' to share a plate of ‘food for thought'.
Scroll on to read the fantastic responses we received from young people across Australia on why sharing stories is so important.