For this year's Human Rights Day on 10 December 2016, Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes, Mary Ann Kenny, Baden Offord, John Ryan and Yasue Arimitsu came together at the Centre for Stories to share the stories and books that have influenced and impacted upon their enduring human rights work. 

What do you get when you host a conversation with a diverse and brilliant panel comprising a human rights lawyer, a high school teacher, a former shepherd turned PhD lecturer, a Professor Emeritus of English and Australian Studies, and an activist who has met Desmond Tutu? A lot of laughs, tears and passion. What do you get when you mix that with an enthusiastic audience, thoughtful listeners and a lot of coffee and chocolate? You get an afternoon of storytelling about human rights in contemporary Australia. 

Many thanks to everyone who joined us and to the speakers: Baden Offord who moderated; Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes who talked about the power of stories in Ethiopia and beyond; Mary Ann Kenny who reminded us that even though not all stories end well, we can't afford to give up on advocacy for the rights of asylum seekers; John Ryan who inspired us to read Doris Lessing; and Yasue Arimitsu whose research into multiculturalism shone a spotlight into the powerful choices we make about where we fit and how we can transcend boundaries. 

Check out the photos from the event below.

This event was held in partnership with the Curtin University Centre for Human Rights Education. 

Photo credit: Chris Gurney