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Sunday, 18 June 2017 21:17

Refugee Week 2017: 18-24 June and #WithRefugees petition

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Refugee Week 2017Refugee Week 2017 was launched on Friday, 16 June in Paddington Town Hall organised by Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) and featured speakers from refugee backgrounds, live entertainment, a children’s workshop and a book reading of I’m Australian Too by Mem Fox.

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The Refugee Council of Australia has chosen “With courage let us all combine” as the theme for Refugee Week in Australia for 2015 to 2017.

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.

The week also marks the celebration of World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th. An initiative of the United Nations, this event commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee. The UN Refugee Agency launched the #WithRefugees petition in June 2016 to send a message to governments that they must work together and do their fair share for refugees.

Download the 2017 Resource Kit in the Refugee Week website and find more information on events and updates.

Sign the #WithRefugees petition here.