SolidariTee Week of Action 2021
At SolidariTee, we recognise that knowledge is the first step towards meaningful change. That's why we're kicking off the year with a full week of action from 1st-7th February, bringing both students and non-students together in support of refugee rights.
The week will begin with a Day of SolidariTee on Monday 1st February: a day where we encourage everyone involved with our cause across the world (all 30,000+ people!) to wear their SolidariTees on the same day. This will not only raise awareness of the injustices faced by refugees and asylum seekers, but also prove that we, as a movement, truly do stand in solidarity with refugees worldwide. As the saying goes, an ocean is nothing but a collection of droplets, and that's something we really stand by. One individual t-shirt may not be able to change the world but together we can, and will, make meaningful change for all those affected by forced displacement.
Throughout the week, our student volunteers will be organising a variety of events, all held online or remotely. Despite the current pandemic, our volunteers are showing time and time again that with a little determination and creativity, anything is possible - from talks and panel discussions to virtual quizzes and cooking classes. Initiatives such as these are commonplace amongst SolidariTee teams throughout the academic year, but in this week we wanted to concentrate our activities such that all 750 of our student volunteers are working together, across campuses and borders, providing as many opportunities to join the fight for long-term change in the 'refugee crisis' as possible, no matter where in the world you are.
To end the week, we are really excited to announce the launch of our first ever conference, to be held virtually over the weekend of the 6th and 7th February. With a two-day programme of talks and panel discussions, the conference is set to be a broad-reaching and thought-provoking programme, focused on exploring the diversity of circumstances faced by refugees and asylum seekers, and seeking sustainable solutions to the injustices so often perpetuated.
SolidariTee Conference - 6th and 7th February 2021
Bringing together a diverse lineup of speakers covering topics ranging from the media's depiction of refugees to mental health challenges as a result of forced displacement, the SolidariTee conference aims to provide an action-focused weekend where people, united by a will to fight for refugee rights but with differing areas of expertise and varying levels of prior knowledge can connect through accessible talks and panel discussions.
Tickets are available now, and can be reserved on a donation basis, with a £5 suggested minimum donation. 100% of the proceeds will be used to fund grants for NGOs providing legal aid to asylum seekers. We believe strongly that access to education should be without financial barriers, so if you wish to attend and this minimum donation would not be possible for any reason, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
View our confirmed speaker lineup below - more speakers will added regularly!
Confirmed speakers include:
Sophie Kloos, director at Asylos, an organisation providing country of origin (COI) reports to ensure that asylum decisions are based on proper evidence as opposed to preconceptions
Majeda Khoury, a Syrian chef and founder of the Syrian Sunflower Kitchen
Sheila Cross, executive director at A.Ss.I.S.T., a legal aid NGO based in Chios
Anila Noor, refugee-activist, speaker and researcher based in the Netherlands
Essam Daoud, co-founder of Humanity Crew, an international aid organization specializing in the provision of first response mental health interventions to people in crises
Philip Worthington, managing director of European Lawyers in Lesvos
Tiara Sahar Ataii, founder of SolidariTee
Mathilda Mallinson, multimedia journalist, filmmaker and co-founder of the Refugee Media Centre
Hiba Salem, research associate at the University of Cambridge
Katy Fallon, journalist focused on migration, and conditions inside Greece's refugee camps