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23 November 2021: Access to Higher Education for Refugee Women: How Can We Help?

On Tuesday, November 23 from 18:30-20:00 CET, Switzerland for UNHCR in collaboration with the Graduate Institute and in partnership with Giving Women and Women’s Business Society invite you to join the event “Access to Higher Education for Refugee Women: How Can We Help?” moderated by NORRAG Executive Director Moira Faul. The event will be held online and in-person at the Auditoire Ivan Pictet, Chem. Eugène-Rigot 2, 1202 Geneva. This event will be in English.

About the Event

Globally, only 5% of the refugee population has access to higher education compared to 39% of the general population, and for women it is even less. From a gendered perspective, education for women at all levels has been proven to benefit the world by breaking cycles of poverty and improving economic inclusion, narrowing disparities in child development, and promoting the empowerment of women. What are the barriers, the challenges and how can we help to overcome them?


18h00: Welcome and registration
18h30: Opening remarks, Elizabeth Prügl, Professor of International Relations/Political Science, and Co-Director of the Gender Center, the Graduate Institute, Geneva
18h35: Video from DAFI scholarship: “Class of 2025”
18h40: Panel discussion

featuring the following speakers

  • Aya Abdullah, Refugee Student in Geneva
  • Moira Faul, Executive Director of NORRAG (Moderator)
  • Atalanti Moquette, Founder, Giving Women
  • Jacqueline Strecker, Connected Learning, UNHCR
  • Bernhard Streitwieser, Associate Professor, International Education & International Affairs, The George Washington University (remotely)

19h25: Q&A with audience and online participants
19h40: Closing remarks, Cristina Davies, Executive Director, Switzerland for UNHCR
19h55: Musical performance, Yousra Dhahbi, soloist

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