Freedom of speech for whom?

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Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of New South Wales

1 Shakespeare Place

Sydney, NSW 2000

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Special Address for PEN Sydney by Dr Mehreen Faruqi, NSW Senator. Freedom of speech for whom?

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In her lecture, Senator Faruqi will reflect on the hypocrisies and double-standards of freedom of speech in Australia. Toxic forces of racism, xenophobia and anti-migrant hostilities, which were heightened during the pandemic, dictate who can and can’t freely express themselves in our country. These forces shape public debate, exclude marginalised voices, and consolidate the power of the already powerful. Challenging them is essential. Senator Faruqi will also reflect on global challenges to free speech and the fight for writers and communicators world over.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi is the Greens Senator for NSW and Spokesperson for Anti-racism, Education, Housing, Industry, International Aid, and Animal Welfare. She is a civil and environmental engineer, academic, feminist, and life-long activist for social and environmental justice.

She became the first Muslim woman to sit in any Australian parliament when she joined the NSW Parliament in 2013. Since joining the federal senate in August 2018, Senator Faruqi has been a powerful voice for anti-racism and feminism. She is the co-chair of the Australian Parliamentary Group on Population and Development which champions gender equality and reproductive rights in international development.

Senator Faruqi has been an outspoken advocate for global justice, and against oppression of marginalised communities around the world. She has been a strong voice on the disparities between the global North and South, especially the injustices of the climate crisis, COVID19 and imperialist wars.

Mehreen’s memoir and manifesto “Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud” was published in July and is a no-holds-barred account of a political ‘outsider’ fighting for her rights and the rights of others like her to be let inside on our terms, and what happens when you confront a system steeped in power and patriarchy

This event is part of PEN Sydney's marking of the 2021 PEN International Day of the Imprisoned Writer.

Please arrive from 5.30 to enable checking of tickets, COVID Check-in and vaccination certificates.

Please note, guests must wear masks while in the NSW State Library.


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