Freedom of expression- know our limits; no limits.
Freedom of expression is hailed as one of the foundational hallmarks of western democracies.
In light of some of the pressing social issues around same sex marriage, asylum seekers, Muslim migration to name a few topics, an understanding of the parameters of these conventions needs to be defined.
What are the tensions between unwittingly contributing to further division versus restricting our freedoms if we draw some limits?
How do we create an environment of freedom and respect simultaneously?
Join us for a timely conversation and a unique insight into expressions and perspectives of our amazing speakers.
Sara Saleh is an Arab-Australian human rights and refugee advocate, grassroots activist, creative artist and regular media commentator with a decade-long career working with various NGOs, including Amnesty International Australia.
Her belief in the power of storytelling as resistance and as healing has taken her from the refugee camps of Lebanon and occupied Palestine, to performing her poetry nationally and internationally, from New Zealand to New York.
Co-founder of the Dubai Poetry Slam, Sara went on to be the 2015 Australian Poetry Slam NSW State Finalist. Several of her poetry pieces have been published in various anthologies, and she helped co-edit the first Dirty Thirty Anthology late last year. In 2014, she co-wrote the coming of age film “My name is Faten”, which will be hitting film festivals next year, and just recently made her theatrical debut in the political production The Cartographer’s Curse at the National Theatre of Parramatta.
Sara spends her nights at law school, or working on her new social enterprise, ReBOOKS, dedicated to improving refugee literacy in Australia. She sits on the Boards of WestWords, a Western Sydney based organisation that fosters art and skills amongst young people, and of national advocacy organisation GetUp!.
Her first poetry collection, Wasting the Milk in the Summer, was released in August 2016.
Zainab Zahra Syed is a Writer, Performer & Educator. As an internationally touring Pakistani Spoken Word Artist, Zainab has performed & taught workshops at venues in the US, UK, Europe, South Asia and Australia. She has also facilitated workshops on writing as expression, healing and empowerment at the women's prison in Rhode Island, to trauma victims in Pakistan, and currently works with migrants and refugees in Australia. In 2015 she was a finalist in the National Australian Poetry Slam and won the Brown University Slam in 2012. She is also a teaching artist at the Red Room Company and Said Poets Society.
In 2016, she co- founded WORD Ink, launching Pakistan's first poetry slam as well as other workshop & lecture programs creating safe spaces for the youth to respond to the insecurity around them in a non-violent manner. She also co-founded illUMEnate: U+Me For Humanity, a safe space for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people in Perth to celebrate their diversity, commit to change & spread the love through creative expression & critical conversations at events held periodically.
Zainab graduated from Brown University in May 2014 with a degree in Political Science.
When not performing, Zainab serves on the People's Climate March & International Women's Day Celebration Steering Committee's and also volunteers with the In Search for Safety & Immigration Detention Monitoring programs at the Australian Red Cross and the Humanitarian Settlement Services at the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre in Perth, WA. She represents The International Alliance of Womenat CSW in NYC and has worked as a consultant researcher at UWA & NYU. She has also worked in Peshawar, with the Ministry of Change to coordinate the Trauma Counseling, Training, Art Therapy and Media Awareness efforts in the Aftermath of the Army Public School Shooting in 2015.
Join us for an evening of conversation and inspiration over a sumptuous 3 course banquet.