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Youth Summit 2020

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From the consultation, the local Iraqi young people showed a strong passion and were deeply invested in the protests in Iraq. However, they did not have a clear way of expressing themselves collectively. They wished to find ways to create positive support and to overcome feelings of uselessness.

The participants wanted to achieve a range of actions focusing on raising awareness and directly: recreating the issues (e.g. no electricity or internet similar to events like Earth Hour); social media campaigns including using influencers, creating local hashtags calling for action; walks and rallies; sending money and care packages to people in Iraq; and returning to Iraq to directly support the people. Critically, this last and similar suggestion warranted a response to the issue—providing safe and constructive avenues for young people to express their passions.

Participants also raised their concerns on being silent in the community—particular to the Iraqi events, there was limited engagement with young people in the community to be heard.

With feedback and support from consulted young people, a youth summit was planned for young people of different backgrounds to create positive messages of support, to raise awareness and advocate for global and local issues that affect them. The activities of the event focused on the youth-led creation of assets that can be used for social media campaigns and collective political action.

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Western Sydney MRC and our youth group would like to thank Multicultural NSW for funding this event and giving our young people the opportunity to have a voice and be heard.

About Western Sydney MRC

About Western Sydney MRC Western Sydney MRC is a not-for-profit organisation and community advocate supporting newly-arrived individuals and diverse emerging and established communities to settle in Australia. We work with people who experience vulnerability, including individuals from a refugee background, those seeking asylum and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, assisting in building capacity to live empowered, informed and connected lives.

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Contact 0456 222 080
Email: rachel@wsmrc.org.au

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