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The Frontline Club gives Australia for UNHCR supporters the opportunity to hear firsthand from humanitarians, refugees, journalists and supporters about their experiences in conflict and refugee situations.

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Afghanistan Appeal Online Briefing – October 8, 2021

This special live discussion focussed on the crisis in Afghanistan, with UNHCR representatives sharing how UNHCR is providing critical and life-saving assistance on the ground, and our work to protect the 3.5 million internally displaced people, many of whom are women and children.

During this online briefing we heard from Indrika Ratwatte, UNHCR Director of the Bureau for Asia and the Pacific; Ben Quilty, Australian artist and human rights advocate, who led a $6m fundraising and media campaign to support Australia for UNHCR’s Afghanistan Appeal; Babar Baloch, Senior Communications Officer for UNHCR and Mariam Veiszadeh, Afghan-born Australian lawyer and human rights advocate.

Watch the full Afghanistan webinar here


Yemen Crisis Online Briefing – June 3, 2021

This supporter event will give you the opportunity to witness firsthand the situation on the ground in Yemen and connect you with refugee and internally displaced families and UNHCR field staff.

Jean-Nicolas Beuze, UNHCR Representative in Yemen, is joining us for this live panel discussion to speak about his experiences and the challenges faced by Yemeni refugees as the crisis enters its sixth year. He will also serve as your “mission tour guide”.


Ethiopia Appeal Online Briefing – March 23, 2021

This special live discussion focussed on the crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, with UNHCR representatives sharing how UNHCR is leading and coordinating the response on the ground, and our work to protect the growing number of refugees caught in the middle of violence.

During this online briefing we heard from Axel Bisschop, UNHCR Representative in Sudan and Ann Encontre, UNHCR Representative in Addis Ababa.


End of Year Supporter Event – 2 December 2020

This special end of year event celebrates everything we’ve achieved together this year – with a special Q&A with Rosemary Kariuki – winner of the 2021 NSW Australian of the Year Local Hero Award for her work with refugee women in Sydney’s west through the Sydney Film Festival finalist, Rosemary’s Way.

We were also joined by Rosemary’s Way director Ros Horin along with Pasca, a former refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Rosemary’s mission is to empower refugee and migrant women, enticing them out of cultural silos and exposing them to new ideas, experiences and wider Australian society. Her methods are anything but orthodox and laughter is her secret weapon – she’s an incredible woman with a big story.


Lebanon Emergency Special Online Briefing – October 8, 2020

This special online briefing details the situation in Lebanon following the aftermath of the devastating Beirut explosions.

We learnt how UNHCR is responding to this situation and supporting the Lebanese population, while at the same time preparing the 1.5 million refugees currently hosted in Lebanon to cope with the approaching severe winter conditions.

Australia for UNHCR National Director Naomi Steer was joined by Karolina Lindholm Billing, Deputy Representative, UNHCR, Lebanon; Brett Moore, Head of Shelter and Settlements, UNHCR, Geneva; and Raja Yassine, Crescent Foundation Ambassador.


Leading Women Fund Webinar #2 – September 24, 2020

The second webinar themed around our new Leading Women Fund featured our National Director Naomi Steer in conversation with Kelly T. Clements, UNHCR's Deputy High Commissioner, alongside former refugee Nabila Alzawahri. Kelly and Nabila were also joined by Marta Dusseldorp, actor and Australia for UNHCR Special Representative, and Irene Omondi, UNHCR Head of Office in Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan.


Leading Women Fund Webinar #1 – July 30, 2020

This officially launched Australia for UNHCR’s new Leading Women Fund – a new community that offers donors the chance to support, and directly connect with, refugee women around the world.

This online event featured a live and in-depth conversation with former refugee and Australia for UNHCR board member Zoe Ghani; successful businesswoman and Leading Women Fund Ambassador Janine Allis and UNHCR Jordan Deputy Representative Carolyn Ennis.


Yemen emergency briefing – June 30, 2020

This special online briefing discussed the impacts of coronavirus in refugee settlements, focusing on high priority situations including the humanitarian catastrophe taking place in Yemen.

Australia for UNHCR National Director Naomi Steer moderated this live event on the crisis in Yemen. She was joined by Jean-Nicolas Beuze, UNHCR Representative in Yemen; Martin Manteaw, UNHCR Deputy Representative in Yemen and Astrid Van Genderen Stort, Chief Emergencies and Marketing.


Ramadan – May 12, 2020

During the month of Ramadan, many refugees are already facing poverty, hardship and uncertainty, and the coronavirus pandemic adds to what is already a desperate situation.

To discuss the UN Refugee Agency’s support for refugees in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Australia for UNHCR National Director Naomi Steer was joined by Lilly Carlisle, External Relations, UNHCR Jordan; Peter Gould, CDO & Founder of Zileej Studio; and former refugee turned advocate Fadak Alfayadh


COVID-19 – April 29, 2020

A special briefing on the direct impact of COVID-19 on people forced to flee their homes by war, persecution and disaster – and how UNHCR is responding.

This conversation was moderated by Australia for UNHCR's National Director Naomi Steer, drawing on the expert knowledge and experience of Dr Ann Burton, UNHCR Chief of Public Health; Louise Aubin, UNHCR Regional Representative to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands; Cameron Rashleigh, Head of Office, Tyre, South Lebanon; and Fabien Faivre, Associate External Relations Officer, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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