INTRODUCTION

For nearly two years, the world has been occupied with fighting the pandemic and social justice warriors have brought to our attention that the human rights of many people have been impacted by the pandemic around the globe.
Social and cultural rights, gender equality, migrants and refugees have all been highlighted as key human rights priorities for governments of the world.

The Black Lives Matter movement has grown stronger and stronger everyday as have the calls for inclusion of diverse voices, fair treatment of refugees and asylum seekers and gender equality.

Whilst Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Equality have dominated our discourse for quite some time, and we have been busy developing policy documents, strategic frameworks, programs and initiatives framed within these headings, the question remains as to whether we are on the right track.

What has been our guiding framework and are we all heading in the right direction to protect and uphold the human rights of every person in our community?

So, after months of planning and worrying that Covid would derail our forum, our dream of holding our inaugural Diversity & Inclusion forum came true!

We had the pleasure of having 50 representatives from local governments, state government, health and not for profit sector coming together to connect , yarn and join in solidarity for the future.

We thank Nyadol Nyuon, Terori Hareko-Avaivilla, Mehak Sheikh and Lowell Hunter for their insights, wisdom and stories.

Special thanks to the City of Greater Geelong and Geelong Regional Library Corporation for their generous support.

Thank you to Kubo Kreative for the amazing design creations and to Mardi Hirst, Jodee Anderson, and Helen Rodd for their support at this forum.

Thank you to everyone who attended and made the day an amazing experience.

Stay tuned for our 2022 forum!
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