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GloSo along with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies would like to invite you to celebrate International Women's Day 2014. There will be a panel discussion followed by Q & A. The panel is a unique combination of both practitioners and academics who have extensive experience in the field of women's human rights, peace and justice. Refreshments will be provided.


  • Naomi Steer: Australia for UNHCR
  • Dr Susan Banki: University of Sydney
  • Punam Yadav: University of Sydney
  • Rosemary Grey: University of New South Wales

Chair: Kate Moore: UNICEF Australia

WHEN: 7-9pm Wednesday 5 March 2014

WHERE: New Law School Annex, Lecture Theatre 104, University of Sydney (CLICK HERE FOR A MAP)

EVENT COORDINATORS: Kerstin Jonzon and Lisa Townshend



The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at Sydney University is offering GloSo members a special opportunity to participate in a 'Creators of Peace Circle'. The aim is to experience being together with others of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs/faiths and to explore together your own peace-creating ability to generate peace in your own life and in your wider community. We also hope some ongoing friendships will be fostered and community peacebuilding initiatives explored during this time.

The Creators of Peace is an international women's initiative started in 1991 with the aim of inviting women to engage in the creation of peace at every level of society, but this the opportunity to participate in the Peace Circle at CPACS is open to all, both men and women.

Numbers are limited, so we request you to RSVP as soon as possible if you are interested in participating.


The session will be facilitated by leading peacebuilding practitioner-trainers Shoshana Faire and Patricia Garcia.

  • Shoshana is a professional facilitator and co-founder of the Conflict Resolution Network. She is co-author of the best-selling Everyone Can Win: How to Resolve Conflict and The Conflict Resolution Trainers’ Manual.
  • Patricia is a visiting scholar at Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and designed the centre's postgraduate Human Rights course. She has over 20 years’ experience managing and coordinating humanitarian relief and recovery programmes in the world’s longest running conflicts, including Afghanistan, Sudan, Bosnia and Burma.

WHEN: SATURDAY 1 March & SUNDAY 2 March 9.30am – 5.30pm both days plus MONDAY 17th March 6pm-9pm.

WHERE: Posters of Peace Gallery, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Mackie Building K01, Arundel St, Glebe, University of Sydney (CLICK HERE FOR A MAP)

COST: $10

RSVP AND MORE INFO: Contact Lydia or Punam at CPACS:
Tel. 93517686


Recent changes to Australian refugee and asylum seeker policies, including the PNG Solution and the commitment to “turn back the boats”, have witnessed each major party attempt to win over the populace with harsher policies. Frequent outcries over the impact of detention on detainees and the inhumane responses to asylum seekers and refugees within detention facilities seem to have been to no avail. Such harsh policies have become the norm rather than the exception to the rule.

Join in conversation with our panelists to explore why this is so, how we got to this point and whether there is a more humane way to do this work among various other issues.


  • Dr Lucy Fiske: Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney
  • Mr Greg Lake: Former Immigration Department Official
  • Dr Devorah Wainer: Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney
  • Dr Ryan Schram: Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney

Chair: Dr Susan Banki: Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney

WHEN: 5-7pm Monday 21 October 2013

WHERE: H R Carne Lecture Theatre, R M C Gunn Building, Regimental Drive (next to No.2 Oval), University of Sydney (CLICK HERE FOR A MAP)

CONTACT: Head Event Organiser: Lisa Townshend -

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies - / 9351 7686

Modern Slavery: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Director and Leading Scholar

Trafficking, child labour, sex slavery, debt slavery and child soldiers are amon the most usual forms of modern slavery. In this film we meet slaves in Uganda, India, Moldova, Kambodia and France. Why does slavery still exist and what will it take to get rid of it?

The Global Social Justice Network is very proud to be hosting a screening and panel discussion of this important, informative and hard-hitting film on the modern slavery that is still with us in many parts of the world.

Panel Speakers:

  • Tina Davis: Director and postgraduate student, University of Sydney.
  • Jennifer Burn: Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), specialising in Administrative Law, citizenship, immigration and social justice issues. Jennifer is also Director of Anti-Slavery Australia.

WHEN: 4.30-7pm Thursday 26th September

WHERE: H R Carne Lecture Theatre, R M C Gunn Building, Regimental Drive (next to No.2 Oval), University of Sydney (CLICK HERE FOR A MAP)

MORE DETAILS: Visit the official Modern Slavery web page here (click on the English button at the top of the page).

Film and Forum: Humanising the Enemy A Story of Hope in the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), Jews Against the Occupation-Sydney, and the Global Social Justice Network invite you to a seminar to show the new and inspiring documentary, Within the Eye of the Storm . The documentary focuses on two former fighters, an Israeli and a Palestinian, both members of Combatants for Peace, a group of ex-combatants from both sides, working together for a non-violent solution to the conflict.

WHEN: 5.30-7.30pm Monday 19th August (4th week of lectures)

WHERE: H R Carne Lecture Theatre, R M C Gunn Building, Regimental Drive (next to No.2 Oval), University of Sydney (CLICK HERE FOR A MAP)

The film will be followed by a Q&A forum discussing the documentary and implications for a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Speakers Include:

  • Abe Quadan: Conflict resolution practitioner; member of CPACS Council; co-founder, Palestinian-Jewish Dialogue Group
  • Donna Jacobs Sife: Storyteller; Programs Director, Together for Humanity; co-founder, Jewish Voices for Peace and Justice
  • Dr Neven Bondokji: Researcher on Islamic movements, Islam and peace-building, and conflict resolution; Trainer in youth development

Find the event on Facebook

Further information:
Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
ph. 9351 7686


An informal chance to meet the other students, volunteers and staff involved with GloSo and get to know each other in the picturesque Old Teachers’ College Men’s Courtyard.

WHEN: 2-4pm Tuesday, 13th August (3rd week of lectures)

WHERE: Men’s Courtyard (with statue of Confucius), Old Teachers’ College, University of Sydney (CLICK HERE FOR A MAP)

CLICK HERE TO RSVP (this is important so that we have enough snacks for everyone although of course still come along on the day if you've forgotten to RSVP)

Networking and Panel Event: Headlines, Deadlines on the Immigration Frontline

GloSo and the UN Association Australia Young Professionals network are teaming up for this exciting event.

In an era where information is king, Australian’s rely on our media outlets to provide us with information so we can make informed decisions. Decisions which can impact lives.

‘Headlines, deadlines on the immigration frontline’ will address Australia’s view on refugees as portrayed by our media.

Thursday 20 June 6-9pm
Sydney Mechanical School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street Sydney
$15 UNAA YP members | $20 non-members

Hear from experts:

  • Journalist and producer of SBS series ‘Go back to where you came from’, Ronan Sharkey
  • Former UN spokesman for Sri Lanka and successful author, Gordon Weiss
  • Amnesty International Australia spokesperson, Sara Saleh

You will also have the opportunity to speak with recently arrived refugees from Sri Lanka.

25% of net proceeds will go to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which currently centers on providing immediate and effective humanitarian aid and shelter to 1.4 million Syrian refugees.

Drinks, canapés and entertainment are included in ticket cost.

Buy your tickets via Trybooking

For more info see UNAA.YPN on Facebook. Also see the UNAAYP web page

Human Rights + Development: Internships + Your Career

This Q & A event is a fantastic opportunity to ask former Human Rights and Development Studies post-graduate students about their internship experiences and the critical role an internship can play in finding work in the highly competitive human rights, aid and development sector.

WHEN: 4-6pm Thursday 20th of June

WHERE: Woolley Common Room, John Woolley Building, Level 4 (CLICK HERE FOR A MAP)

Speakers Include:

  • Laura Nicholson: Permanent Mission to Afghanistan, New York Policy Officer. While a Master of Human Rights student Laura interned and then happily was employed by the Permanent Mission to Afghanistan.
  • Kimiko Grayson: Red Cross Australia
    Caseworker for the Community Assistance Support Program - a Migration Support Program.
  • Lucy Morgan: Refugee Council of Australia
    Information & Policy Officer.

This event is organised by the Master of Human Rights and Master of Development Studies programs. It is co-hosted by GloSo.

RSVP 17th June: Jacqui Clark, Internship Officer, (We do ask you to RSVP for catering purposes and so we can contact you in the event of program changes)

NORTH KOREA FILM FEST Voices in Exile: Panoptic Perspectives

WHEN: March 21st - 22nd, 2013

WHERE: Sydney Cheil Church and the University of Sydney

Panoptic Perspectives is the title of a two-day film event, organized by scholars from institutions in Sydney and Canberra, to be held in venues at Sydney University and Strathfield.

The purpose of this event is to offer different perspectives on a phenomenon much discussed in the popular media, but rarely considered beyond the singular, highly politicized and bi-polemic story of good and evil, right and wrong – North Korea.

Through the medium of film, and the discussion by guest speakers that will precede and follow each screening, it is hoped the audience will gain a more nuanced understanding of some of the issues surrounding ‘North Korea’ and the North Korean people.

Over two nights, the following three films will be screened:

The Journals of Musan (2011). Directed by Park Jungbum:
-21 March 5:30 PM Sydney Cheil Church (Sydney St & Concord Rd).
-22 March 5:20 PM Old Geology Lecture Theater(next to Footbridge Theater), University of Sydney, co-hosted by the Global Social Justice Network. Q&A with the director (Jungbum Park) after the screening.

A Schoolgirl’s Diary (2007). Directed by Jang In-hak
-22 March 1:45 PM Architecture Lecture Theater 3, Wilkinson Building, University of Sydney, co-hosted by the Global Social Justice Network.

Yodok Stories (2008). Directed by Andrzej Fidyk
-21 March 2:00 PM Sydney Cheil Church (Sydney St. & Concord Rd.)
Discussion with Dr. Leonid Petrov after the screening

Each screening is preceded by a short talk introducing the key themes of the film. Each film will also be followed by a questions and answers session. Guest speakers include Park Jungbum, director of The Journals of Musan.

Admission (access per day): Student $5 Adult $10.
(RSVP on the event webpage is recommended to secure your seat)

For more information, go to:


An informal chance to meet the other students, volunteers and staff involved with GloSo and get to know each other in the picturesque Old Teachers’ College Men’s Courtyard.

WHEN: 4-6pm Monday 18th of March (start of 3rd week of lectures)

WHERE: Men’s Courtyard (with statue of Confucius), Old Teachers’ College

CLICK HERE TO RSVP (recommended)