Recently, the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program hosted a panel on Rural Community Leaders with a particular focus on Social Justice and Human Rights.
The panel featured several speakers from different cultural backgrounds, who spoke about what social justice, human rights, and community leadership meant to them. Speakers included Professor Mark Rose, Randa Rafiq, current La Trobe Law student Kobra Moradi and Head of La Trobe Law School Patrick Keyzer.
Professor Mark Rose is the Executive Director of Indigenous Strategy at La Trobe University. He is traditionally linked to the Gunditjmara Nation of western Victoria. With a thirty-year career in education Mark has contributed to a broad range of educational settings within the State, nationally and internationally. Mark mainly spoke about human rights, and what these mean from an indigenous perspective.
Randa Rafiq is the coordinator of Clinical Programs at La Trobe Law School, and also coordinates the secretariat of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. She has a passion for social justice and has been a regular volunteer at the Whittlesea Community Connections Legal Service for 5 years. Randa spoke about the work of ALHR and La Trobe Law School’s Clinical Legal Education Programme.
Kobra Moradi is a La Trobe Law Student and a former Asylum Seeker. Growing up in the midst of conflict, Kobra was forced to leave her home country. She thoroughly understands the pain and difficulty displaced people face as they cross borders in search for a safe haven. Her personal experience of migration has motivated her to make a difference in the human rights sector. She hopes to practice in the field of immigration law after completing her degree.
The audience consisted of 50 community leaders from across central and Northern Victoria – all ranging in age and coming from a diverse range of backgrounds, industries, world views and life experience. The discussion was very well received and featured insightful and meaningful personal stories from all panel members.