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16 Nov 2021
18:30-20:00 CET

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

On 23 November 2021, NORRAG Executive Director Moira Faul moderated a panel discussion organised by Switzerland for UNHCR in collaboration with the Graduate Institute, Geneva and in partnership with Giving Women and Women’s Business Society. “Access to Higher Education for Refugee Women: How Can We Help?” took place online and in-person at the Graduate Institute.

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?

Watch the recording here


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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