Vision in Action
In March 2011 Diaspora Action Australia proudly hosted Vision in Action at Federation Square, Melbourne. This inspiring event attracted 250 people and celebrated the extraordinary actions of ordinary people in protecting human rights in war and conflict.
Diaspora community organisations in Victoria raised awareness about the creative initiatives that they use to address the gross human rights abuses that occur in their countries of origin. Participating organisations included:
- Australian Oromo Community Association in Victoria
- The Australian Society for the Palestinian-Iraqi Refugees Emergency
- Care4Congo International
- Hope and Care for All International
- Latin American Solidarity Network
- Sudanese Lost Boys Association of Australia
- The Ogaden Community of Victoria
- Victoria West Papuan Association Incorporated
Vision in Action featured a panel discussion that was moderated by the then-commissioner of the Victoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Dr Helen Szoke. The discussion centred on the relationship between the international humanitarian sector, community organisations and human rights in conflict-affected countries.
Throughout the evening, attendees (including representatives from the office of the Member for Melbourne Adam Brandt, and representatives from AusAID, Oxfam Australia, Amnesty International Australia and World Vision Australia) were treated to extraordinary performances from refugee and migrant communities from West Papua, Eritrea, India and South Sudan. The Future of Rap from South Sudan closed the evening with a hard-hitting performance about child soldiers and their experience of starting their new lives in Australia.