Amplifying the voices of young people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds
The MYAN (Australia) and the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) are coordinating a national conversation with young people from refugee backgrounds in March and April 2016. This conversation is part of the Global Refugee Youth Consultations (GRYC)* - a series of consultations taking place around the world in preparation for the 2016 annual UNHCR-NGO Consultations in Geneva, Switzerland, which has the theme 'Youth'.
This is an exciting opportunity for young people aged 15 to 25 from a refugee or asylum seeker background to be involved in advocacy work in Australia and globally.
More information, including how to get involved, can be found here.
* The GRYC is a joint initiative of the UNHCR and the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, and is supported by the Youth and Adolescents in Emergencies Group (YAE).
Meet Australia's youth delegates to Geneva 2016
Congratulations Arif, Elizabeth and Arash!
As part of the GRYC in Australia, the MYAN and RCOA will be supporting Arif Hazara, Elizabeth Lang and Arash Bordbar to join the Australian NGO team in Geneva in June 2016. Thanks to the generous support of sponsors - MYAN Australia, AMES Australia, Youth Affairs Council of WA (YACWA), Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA), Access Community Services, Amnesty International Australia, MDA Ltd.
Arif Hazara, Elizabeth Lang and Arash Bordbar.
These three inspiring young Australians will be taking part in a range of advocacy activities - the annual UNHCR-NGO Consultations, a Global Refugee Youth Workshop, the UNHCR Standing Committee and a range of side meetings. They will be sharing the experiences, concerns and ideas of young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds gathered at the GRYC in Australia.
Find out more about Australia's Youth Delegates here.
Refugee Youth Video Competition - Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network
APPRN are looking for young people from refugee backgrounds and refugee youth advocates to share their stories as part of a video project. Stories will be used as an advocacy and awareness-raising tool at the 2016 UNHCR-NGO Consultations and at the upcoming 6th Asia Pacific Consultation on Refugee Rights (APCRR6).
APPRN are inviting young people from across the Asia Pacific region to film themselves answering the following questions:
1. What does being a refugee youth (or advocate for refugee youth) mean to you?
2. Why should refugee youth participate in advocacy?
3. How can refugee advocates and the general public work together with you to support and advocate for refugee youth?
The deadline for video submission is April 15th 2016.