“Bringing together a diverse lineup of speakers, and covering topics from the media’s depiction of refugees to the impact of forced displacement on mental health, the SolidariTee Conference will provide an interdisciplinary, action focused weekend exploring solutions to one of the most pressing issues of our time. United by a commitment to refugee rights but with differing areas of expertise, our programme of accessible talks and panel discussions will allow people with all levels of prior knowledge to connect virtually.
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.
Scroll down to view our speaker lineup and book tickets – Queens of Syria screening is included for all conference attendees.
Saturday 6th February 7pm – Queens of Syria documentary screening
Queens of Syria (the documentary) tells the story of fifty women from Syria, all forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women, Euripides’ timeless Ancient Greek tragedy about the plight of women in war. Not one of them had ever acted before.
The Trojan Women Project has been creating joint therapeutic drama and advocacy projects for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Europe and the UK since 2013, and the documentary, directed by Yasmin Fedda, has won numerous awards worldwide.
The screening is included for all conference attendees, and for those who only want to attend the screening, tickets can also be reserved on a donation basis, with a £3 suggested minimum donation. £1 from each ticket sold for the film screening will be used to support the work of the Trojan Women Project.
Confirmed speakers listed below; check back soon as we will be adding new speakers regularly!
– Sophie Kloos, director at Asylos, an organisation providing country of origin 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 Daod, psychiatrist and co-founder of Humanity Crew, an international aid organisation specialising in the provision of first response mental health interventions to people in crisis
– Philip Worthington, managing director of European Lawyers in Lesvos
– Tiara Sahar Ataii, founder of SolidariTee