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Building Houses on Shifting Sands

Wild Dingo Press

Event Date: 21 September 2017
Author / Presenters: Shen Narayanasamy & Shokoofeh Azar

Building houses on shifting sands; it has been said that 'A moral test of a society is measured by its treatment of its most vulnerable groups.'
No greater measure of our humanity is our response to asylum seekers and those seeking refuge.
The plight of asylum seekers needing refuge and support has so much political currency it has become one of the most politicised and contentious public debates. It is founded on the moral disengagement and manipulation of public opinion and the representation of people seeking asylum as 'illegals' and a 'threat' trading on public fear simply designed to dehumanise and punish those people.
We continue to treat the most vulnerable and needy with the utmost contempt and suspicion by vilifying and referring to them as a source of illegal invasion of our borders. This level of dehumanising has been used to justify the most inhumane means to keep boarders intact and 'protect' Australian citizens at all cost.
Please join us to engage with the rarely heard direct experiences of those seeking asylum and some of their most active advocates.
Our next conversation salon speakers are:

Shen Narayanasamy is the Human Rights Campaign Director at GetUp!
She leads the No Business in Abuse campaign which targets corporate involvement in mandatory detention of asylum seekers, and #LetThemStay which aims to prevent the deportation of hundreds of asylum seekers to Nauru.
Shen's background is as human rights lawyer and advocate working in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific on issues of economic justice and land rights.

Shokoofeh Azar was seven when the Islamic revolution took place. After graduating, she worked as a journalist for independent newspapers for 14 years, writing numerous short stories and a children’s book during that time.
In 2004, she became the first Iranian woman to hitchhike along the Silk Road: from Iran to Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Pakistan and India.
As a fearless journalist, she was arrested, interrogated and jailed 3 times, the last being 3 months in isolation.In 2010, the increasing threats forced her to flee Iran, ending with her taking the dangerous boat journey to Australia where she was detained on Christmas Island and then in a Perth Detention Centre.
Her first novel to be translated into English, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree has just been released in Australia to great acclaim.
She is also gaining a reputation as an artist, with a number of successful exhibitions in Perth.

Join us for what will be an evening of stimulating conversation and inspiration over a sumptuous 4 course banquet.

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