Date: 
Wednesday 6 June 2018

The Australian Human Rights Commission has partnered with the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network to deliver a National Youth Anti-Racism Initiative.

Twenty youth leaders from around Australia met in Melbourne on 5 June to begin a two-day leadership workshop.

Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane said the workshop builds young leaders’ anti-racism advocacy skills.

Workshop sessions include media training from SBS and a visit to the Victorian Parliament, where they will meet with the Victorian Multicultural Minister, Robin Scott.

The young leaders come from Indigenous, migrant and refugee backgrounds. They have previously worked with community organisations including the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, Reconciliation Australia, Arab Council Australia, Vietnamese Community in Australia, Lebanese Muslim Association, and the Flemington-Kensington Legal Centre

“This partnership is important because it nurtures the next generation of anti-racism leaders,” Dr Soutphommasane said.

“The participants are talented and inspiring young advocates. They will bring sophistication and creativity to future efforts to promote racial equality, Indigenous advancement and multiculturalism.”

Research commissioned by MYAN and VicHealth has identified issues specific to first and second generation young Australians.

Bright Futures:  Spotlight on the wellbeing of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds found young people aged 18-24 years are most likely to be impacted by the rise in racial discrimination over the past 10 years.

The report said cyber-racism is a key threat for refugee and migrant young people in Australia, noting that Muslims, asylum seekers and refugees are the most frequent targets of harmful race-based online content.