Shakti Community Council is organising a one-day conference in Auckland to emphasise the objectives of two of their campaigns “Lets Deal With It!” and “We Are Different, But We Are One”, in response to the March 15 terror attacks.

The conference “Let’s Deal With It! A Trans-Tasman Collaboration Towards Facilitating Racial Equity” will be hosted on 14th June 2019 at Mt Eden War Memorial Hall from 8am to 5pm.

The aim of the conference is to create a safe platform to have an open dialogue because we are different, but we are one.

The purpose of this conference is multifold:

  • To be able to collaborate with communities within New Zealand and across the Tasman, and develop the key messages to drive the campaign;
  • To reduce racism, discrimination, micro-aggression and radicalization so that we can prevent such tragedies from reoccurring and learn to rise above what has already been experienced;
  • To reduce Prejudice and Discrimination projected through various Media platforms;
  • Identify and deal with all forms Xenophobia and Racism.

This one-day conference will also focus on raising awareness of the existing socio-political dimensions, the political processes adopted in New Zealand and Australia, and examine what needs to happen to promote active citizenship and healthy integration of immigrant communities within the wider communities. Some of the key topics of the conference will cover Media and its role and responsibilities; My Human Rights; Migrant and Refugee women’s role in Integration; Reducing the gaps; Eradicating Radicalization; and Working Together towards a Trans-Tasman Initiative. These are also important contributory factors for a thriving economy – if immigrant residents are equipped to settle well into their communities they also contribute at a wider collective level.

Given that the conference is centred on encouraging active citizenship within the context of multicultural dialogue, it aligns with Shakti’s strategic vision of improving harmony, connectivity and social inclusion of diverse groups of people. Lastly, as this conference is also aimed at promoting the self-development of refugee and migrant communities, Shakti believes this project will strongly align with a strategic vision for leadership by the communities.

The conference will also focus on migrant and refugee women’s empowerment and development, an awareness of cultural oppression within, discrimination from the outside, and how to facilitate a safe and secure society for them and their families.

Shakti extends a warm invitation to you to attend/facilitate this conference.

For further information about the conference, see: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/lets-deal-with-it-a-trans-tasman-campaign-towards-racial-equity-tickets-61209602569