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Celebrating Refugee Week, 15-21 June – Imagine!

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

As we celebrate Refugee Week in 15-21 June please take a look below at a series of fabulous events and activities organised by Refugee Resource, Oxford City of Sanctuary and Oxford Human Rights Festival.

This year's theme for Refugee Week is 'imagine' - so we'd love to see people in Oxfordshire unleashing their creativity to positively embrace refugees and imagine the kind of place we want to see around us.

Don’t forget to share and get involved with this fantastic creative activity organised by Refugee Resource for all to be involved!

Step one - IMAGINE

Step two – SHARE

Step three – SUPPORT

For more info please click here.

To register to participate in the event please click here.


Calendar of Events


To download all of the Oxford Refugee Week Calendar of Events, please click the image above or here.

16 June 17:30-19:00: The Personal Journey of a Young Female stateless refugee Basma Eldoukhi

By Oxford Human Rights Festival

For more info and to register please click hereThis is an online event.

Basma shares her personal journey as a young female stateless refugee who has made her way to the UK to study and live after winning a prestigious Chevening scholarship.

Basma reflects on her personal and professional life and gives an insight into her work in supporting refugees and how her experience changed her perspectives. She will accompany us through her story of resilience and solidarity and reflect on her recent volunteering journey in Oxford with the NHS to support the COVID 19 response efforts.

Professor Cathrine Brun, CENDEP will be in conversation with Basma. There will be an opportunity for Q&A.


18 June, 18:30-20:00: Imagine Oxfordshire with Refugee Resource

Join Refugee Resource as they share insights, poetry & stories from staff, volunteers, clients and supporters about refugee experiences in Oxfordshire. 

Find out more and to register please click hereThis is an online event.

Topics and contributors include: 'Journey of a Refugee', presented by Sushila Dhall, Capacity Building Lead and Counsellor: Sushila is educated to MSt (Oxford) level in Psychodynamic Practice, which is UKCP level, and has been practicing as a psychotherapist for 20 years

Poetry, written & shared by members of Refugee Resource's women's service; a group for women who are refugees, asylum seekers or vulnerable migrants, providing opportunities for social activities, workshops, employment support and more.

Creative submissions by clients and supporters who have responded to our creative challenge, 'Imagine Oxfordshire'.


19 June 17:00-19:00: Narratives of Hope, Solidarity and Resilience.

This event is part of Oxford City of Sanctuary and Oxford Human Rights Festival

For more info and to register please click hereThis is an online event.

Panel: Basma El Doukhi (Palestinian stateless refugee), Oxford Lord Mayor; Leader of the Green Group; Green Group shadow member for finance, leisure, parks and sports, Cllr Craig SimmonsChaker Khazal founder of Candle of HopeLucy Nichol Services Delivery & Development Manager at Refugee Resource in Oxford and Razan Al Sous founder of Squeaky Cheese/Yorkshare Dama Cheese.

Panel discussion will be guided by Basma El Doukhi a Masters candidate at the Centre of Development and Emergency Practice at Oxford Brookes University.

We can connect and build bridges with each other as humans, when we overcome our stereotypes, assumptions and judgements.

How can creative and interconnected practices, ideas, projects, initiatives, and stories positively contribute and enhance to the way and models refugees tell their stories, how they are perceived by the western audiences!?

How can the voice of refugees and asylum seekers can be reflected through their personal and community stories and journeys of censorship and exile creativity!?

What is our role to share, promote and enhance refugees and asylum seekers perceptions and stories and change the narratives through the lens of resilience!?

We will explore together ideas, projects and lessons learned about the resilience through the lens of individuals, initiatives, community organizations focusing on development and humanitarian aid sector.

Lets create and celebrate narratives for hope, resilience, acceptance and solidarity.

We will explore the role of cities of sanctuary in welcoming diversity and particularity Oxford and celebrate its achievements.

This evening discussion will be followed by a Q & A.