Changing the narrative
Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
18:30 – 21:00
Changing the narrative about refugees and humanising the refugee experience
Keynote speaker, Marguerite Barankitse, known as Maggy, a Burundian activist and herself a refugee.
Maggy is the founder of Maison Shalom, a Burundian organisation which was forcibly closed by the Burundian government in 2015, after it denounced the government’s crimes. It was rebuilt in Rwanda, where many Burundian refugees have found a safe heaven. The main mission of Maison Shalom in Rwanda is to allow refugees to retain their dignity while in exile. They do so through 4 main programmes, including education (from nursery to professional trainings and language courses); socio-economic support (providing micro-loans and training in management of small projects); psychological support; and cultural activities.
Other speakers include:
Chineze, a refugee and TERN entrepreneur, who successfully built his catering business, Nana Nokki. TERN is an organisation which support refugee entrepreneurs in the creation and development of their businesses.
Chris Whitehead of Seek UK, a social enterprise that connects refugees with employees through their online job platform.
Darren Abrahams and Kate McAllister of The Human Hive, an organisation which, through its project Crisis Classrom, provides education to refugees.
Marchu Grima of Women for Refugee Women, an organisation which offers a programme of empowerment activities, including English language lessons, advice, drama etc, and support refugee and asylum-seeking women to develop their confidence and skills.
Marcia Chandra, Creative Producer at Counterpoints Arts, an organisation which aims at supporting and producing the arts by and about migrants and refugees. The organisation believes that arts can inspire social change and enhance inclusion & cultural integration of refugees & migrants.
Migrateful, including one of their chefs, Ahmed. Migrateful is a cookery and language initiative where asylum seekers, refugees and migrants struggling to access employment in the UK due to legal and linguistic barriers, teach their traditional cuisines to the public.