Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Originally celebrated in 1986, Refugee Week coincides with World Refugee Day (20 June). In 2017, Refugee Week will be held from Sunday 18 June to Saturday 24 June. In observance of Refugee Week, City of Greater Shepparton Women’s Alliance will conduct a Movie Night featuring Queen of Katwe.
The theme for Refugee Week for 2015 to 2017 will be “With courage let us all combine”. Taken from the second verse of the national anthem, the theme celebrates the courage of refugees and of people who speak out against persecution and injustice. It serves as a call for unity and for positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation’s welcome for refugees and to acknowledge the skills and energy refugees bring to their new home.
It takes courage to be a refugee: As people who have faced persecution because of who they are (their race, nationality or membership of a persecuted group) or what they believe (their religion or political opinion), refugees need courage:
- The courage not to deny identity or beliefs in the face of persecution.
- The courage to leave all that is familiar and step into the unknown in search of peace.
- The courage to keep going in the face of devastating loss, difficulty and despair.
- The courage to begin again, to work hard and to maintain hope in an unfamiliar land.
It takes courage to speak out against injustice: In a world where refugees experience persecution in their countries of origin and often face discrimination, difficulty and rejection in places where they seek refuge, speaking out often requires courage. In Refugee Week, we acknowledge and celebrate the dedication and bravery of refugee leaders, advocates and citizens who draw attention to violations of human rights, support people at their time of greatest need and challenge callous indifference to the suffering of others.
A call for unity and action for a fairer society: The Refugee Week theme encourages Australians to celebrate the best aspects of our nation’s welcome of refugees, frankly acknowledge unjust treatment of asylum seekers and refugees and commit to working together to ensure that we do better. In doing this, we celebrate the positive contributions to Australian society made over the past 70 years by the 800,000 Australians who once were refugees, taking inspiration from the second verse of Advance Australia Fair:
Beneath our radiant Southern Cross,
We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who’ve come across the seas,
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
FREE Movie Night – Refugee Week
Queen of Katwe
A true inspiring story of a 10 year old girl Phiona living in the slum of Katwe, Uganda. Through chess that is taught by a missionary, she learns that the game teaches you how to make a plan and that sometimes the place you are used to, is not the place you belong, you belong where you believe you belong – Where is that for you?
Guest speaker Lorraine Ngwenya “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.”
Lorraine is an inspiring young woman who is committed to helping young people discover their true potential. With an entrepreneurial spirit Lorraine founded Useful Link, an organisation that bridges the gap between youth and key stakeholders who most affect their future. From her journey she has learnt that you need to learn from others, she believes mentorship is important and you need to keep learning. She also works with young people through a workshop format that empowers them with the skills and network they need to take ownership of their own career
Please share throughout your networks and to book visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/queen-of-katwe-refugee-week-movie-night-shepparton-tickets-33233969698
Queen of Katwe – Refugee Week Movie Night – Shepparton at Shepparton Village Cinemas
Location: 9-13 Stewart Street, Shepparton, Victoria 3630
Date Wed. 21 June 2017
Time: 5:15 pm – 8:30 pm AEST
More information: Emma Hoffmeyer: (03) 5832 9479