Nyadol Nyuon uses National Press Club speech to denounce racism, launch survey on refugee women

Nyadol Nyuon

Nyadol Nyuon has shared powerful first-hand accounts of racism and called for a “bold” and “revolutionary” multicultural vision for Australia in a speech at the National Press Club on Wednesday, 30 June 2021.

The chair of Harmony Alliance, a women’s advocacy group, made the remarks at the launch of a new survey of migrant and refugee women, which found one-third had experienced violence at the hands of their partners.

Ms Nyuon said Australia first felt like home to her when, after living in a refugee camp in Kenya and praying nightly with her mother to escape, she touched down at Tullamarine airport in Melbourne in 2005 holding her Australian passport. “I handed that passport to the immigration officer. She inspected it and returned it to me and said, ‘Welcome home’,” Ms Nyuon said.

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Racial Equality in the Time of Coronavirus

Kep Enderby Memorial LectureThe Australian Human Rights Commission presents the Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture: Racial Equality in the Time of Coronavirus online, on Friday 30th Oct 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. This online lecture is free. The 2020 Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the European Union Delegation to Australia

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