University hosting Refugee Week event

Thursday 5 June 2014

Honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation are among the topics that will come under discussion at a free event hosted by the University of Salford during Refugee Week.

The conference, titled ‘Hidden Issues Affecting Young People’, is part of ‘Our Home, Our Salford’ – a pioneering initiative that brings together the grass-roots community activist group Salford Forum for Refugees and Asylum Seekers initiative, social business enterprise Visible Outcomes and the University’s Social Work Directorate.

Employees, students, professionals and  the public are invited to attend the event, which takes place on Monday 16 June, from 10am until 2.30pm, in Peel Hall.

Guests include the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West, who will speak on honour-based violence and forced marriage. A young people's peer research group from charity Forward, which safeguards the rights and dignity of young African girls and women, will present their findings on female genital mutilation.

The event will also include a performance based on the experiences of young people who have lived as refugees and asylum seekers, staged by theatre group Ice and Fire.

Counsellors from the St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre will also be attending and discussing issues that affect young women who seek their support, such as trafficking and experiences of women seeking asylum.

Gabi Hesk, Social Work Lecturer, said: “The aim of Our Home, Our Salford is simple – to include all and educate our local community and beyond in the hope of enabling the action of breaking the ‘silence’, which some of our most vulnerable young people have to live with on a daily basis.”

Refugee Week is now in its eighth year in Salford and is part of a national programme of arts, cultural and educational events.

From 16 to 22 June, there is a week of activities to celebrate the contribution refugees have made to Salford and to celebrate the contribution and rich cultural heritage that refugees bring to Salford.

To book your free place, go to the Eventbrite website.