Refugees Giving Back to Their Communities during COVID and Beyond

Refugees Giving Back to Their Communities during COVID and Beyond


Thursday, July 9


3:00 to 4:15 p.m. ET


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Both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, refugees in the United States have been amongst those serving as essential workers, helping to keep our communities fed, healthy, and safe. Refugees are also engaged in countless acts of neighborly kindness. They are contributing to the wellbeing of their communities and our country in ways both big and small. 


Refugees International, Refugee Congress, Veterans for American Ideals, and Human Rights First invite you to a webinar on Thursday, July 9 from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. ET on the ways that refugees, asylees, and other vulnerable migrants contribute to our communities and ways to communicate about these critical contributions to build support for refugee protection.

The conversation will feature remarks from:

  • Mariam Adams, an Iraqi refugee who spent 4 years as an interpreter for the U.S. military before fleeing religious and political persecution and coming to the United States in 2008 through the Special Immigrant Visa program. She will be joined by Colonel Richard Welch, a distinguished military veteran who worked with Mariam in Iraq and was instrumental in assisting her and her family’s escape.
  • Yebrail Saul Pineda, an asylee from Colombia who is now working as a manager at a COVID-19 testing site.
  • George Tarr, Refugee Congress Delegate from New York and recent college graduate who is helping provide essential items to vulnerable community members.
  • Suzette Brooks Masters, a thought leader in messaging and social cohesion who is a Senior Strategist at the Center for Inclusion and Belonging at the American Immigration Council.

Refugees International’s Vice President of Strategic Outreach Cindy Huang will moderate. An audience Q&A will follow. 


Thursday, July 9

3:00 to 4:15 p.m. ET

Event Date: 
Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 03:00 to 04:15
Organiser or Host: 
Refugees International, Refugee Congress, Veterans for American Ideals, and Human Rights First

The 2030 Agenda, Human Rights, and Building Back Better: What to Expect from the World’s Most Influential Companies

The World Benchmarking Alliance, Universal Rights Group, International Chamber of Commerce, and Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN and Other International Organisations in Geneva, are pleased to invite you to join a virtual panel event taking place concurrently during the High Level Political Forum as well as the 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council:

The 2030 Agenda, Human Rights, and Building Back Better:What to Expect from the World’s Most Influential Companies

9 July 2020.  8:00-9:00AM (EST) / 14:00-15:00 (CET) 
via Zoom

Register here

As countries and economies move to build back better following the COVID-19 pandemic, this multi-stakeholder and interactive dialogue will explore the role of transparency and accountability from the private sector in achieving the 2030 Agenda and human rights commitments alike.

Scheduled as the 2020 High-Level Political Forum in New York and the 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva convene concurrently, this conversation will bring different stakeholders on what is needed to fulfill the Decade of Action and escape traditional silos and divides.

This event will highlight needs and best practices on protecting the rights of workers and vulnerable populations in the workplace, marketplace, community, and across their supply chains - particularly in light of the COVID-19 crisis. It will also focus on identifying channels and solutions for stronger collaboration across sectors and industries, including on building back better.


  • Examine steps that the UN, governments, companies, and civil society can take to strengthen global norms for transparency from and accountability of the private sector on human rights and the SDGs.
  • Accelerate implementation of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 43/27, including helping inform planned Council intersessions on the 2030 Agenda and human rights.
  • Identify the most urgent needs and best practices from business community to protect the rights of workers and vulnerable populations in the workplace, marketplace, community, and across their supply chains.
  • Identify channels and solutions for stronger New York-Geneva collaboration on Agenda 2030 and human rights.


  • Lene Wendland, Chief, Business and Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Crispin Conroy, Permanent Observer, International Chamber of Commerce to the UN Office in Geneva
  • Marc Limon, Executive Director, Universal Rights Group
  • Paulina Murphy, Engagement Director, World Benchmarking Alliance

The concept note can be found here. Participants can register below and join the discussion online using #HLPF and #HRC44.

This event will be recorded and is considered on-the-record. Please send questions to Ryan Kaminski at

Event Date: 
Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 08:00 to 09:00
Organiser or Host: 
World Benchmarking Alliance, Universal Rights Group, International Chamber of Commerce, and Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN

Webinar: Funding for Gender in COVID-19 Response

Webinar: Funding for Gender in COVID-19 Response


The Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group and COVID Task team are excited to invite you to a “listening meeting” with diverse women-focused organisations on funding for Gender in COVID-19 response. Diverse women focused organizations, representing networks and an intersection of key groups, will be invited to share experiences related to responding to COVID-19 crisis in their context with an emphasis on funding. The session will be supplemented by an analysis of existing Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs), use of Gender and Age Marker to illustrate funding earmarked or targeted to gender and/or addressing gender-based violence.


Date: Monday 20th of July, 11:00-12:30 Bangkok time


Please register in advance for this meeting at   


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Event Date: 
Monday, July 20, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:30
Organiser or Host: 
Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group and COVID Task team

WEBINAR: Understanding and Handling Misinformation in the COVID-19 Context

WEBINAR: Understanding and Handling Misinformation in the COVID-19 Context

Facilitated by: BBC Media Action and First Draft


When: July 2, 2020 

What time: 2:00 PM Pakistan Standard Time

Where: ZOOM – Link to be shared

Language: English 

How long: 90 minutes 

Format: Panel discussion, Presentation and sharing of strategies and experiences

Who is it for: Colleagues from National, Regional and Global Humanitarian and Development organisations, Bloggers, Journalists and Civil Society Organisations involved in the COVID-19 response and working on countering or mitigating misinformation related to the coronavirus and COVID-19.

Facilitator: Genevieve Hutchinson, BBC Media Action

Presentations:  Victoria Kwan, Ethics and Standards Editor at First Draft

                             Radharani Mitra, Global Creative Advisor at BBC Media Action




Purpose: To share approaches and experiences for countering and mitigating rumours and mis- and dis-information related to the coronavirus and COVID-19. Through this webinar, participants will:

  • Hear about some of the issues facing media and communication organisations in addressing mis/disinformation
  • Understand some of the strategies being used to counter and mitigate mis- and disinformation



Community World Service Asia and BBC Media Action are jointly hosting this webinar on Understanding and Handling Misinformation in the COVID-19 context.


Misinformation, rumours and disinformation about health are not new. But the rise of digital and social media has enabled the spread of misinformation at a speed and scale not seen before, causing what has been referred to as an “infodemic”. Misinformation about the coronavirus, COVID-19 and the pandemic in all its forms has at best created confusion, and at worst led to fear, extreme anxiety, stigma, discrimination and people taking actions that have caused themselves or others harm, and in a few cases, death. We are aware of these stories as they make headlines, but how can organisations help to challenge the spread of misinformation in a way that cuts through rather than adds to the mass of information out there, help people to engage with and trust the facts, and builds audiences’ skills so that they can identify factual accuracy for themselves and engage with information that is helpful and supportive.


This webinar will share some of the experiences and strategies being used by First Draft and BBC Media Action countering and mitigating rumour, mis- and disinformation in the context of COVIVD-19.

A specific focus will be laid on:


  • An overview of the rumour, mis- and disinformation challenges faced so far during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Examples of strategies for understanding and handling rumour, mis- and disinformation


This 90-minute webinar will also give participants an opportunity to share existing best practices and ask practical questions about CVA key debates and policies, practices, common standards and other issues.


Community World Service Asia (CWSA) is a humanitarian and development organization, registered in Pakistan, head-quartered in Karachi and implementing initiatives throughout Asia. CWSA is member of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) Alliance, a member of Sphere and their regional partner in Asia and also manages the ADRRN Quality & Accountability Hub in Asia.


BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international charity. In a world where media can be divisive and untrustworthy, BBC Media Action believes in the power of media and communication to do good. Their work reaches millions of people facing insecurity, inequality and poverty with information they can trust. BBC Media Action supports the independent media essential to democracy and development. And they inform, connect and inspire change in their audiences, providing trusted information, stories and ideas that generate debate and discussion and bridge divides.


First Draft is a training and research organisation that provides newsrooms, academics and other information providers with tools and strategies for tackling the challenges posed in an age of disinformation. With headquarters in London and bureau in New York and Sydney, its mission is to empower societies around the world with accurate information in critical moments.


If you wish to participate, kindly register here: Webinar Registration

Applicants will be informed by June 29th 2020 about their confirmation status. Up to 200 participants will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis. We would appreciate anyone willing to share some best practices on Handling Misinformation in the COVID-19 content. Those interested may indicate in the registration form and up to participants will be selected to share their experiences.

Webinar Facilitator:


Genevieve Hutchinson is a Senior Health Adviser at BBC Media Action. Genevieve has over 15 years of experience in designing, managing and advising health-focused communication and community-based projects and strategy for organisations and teams in the UK, Asia and Africa.  Key areas of work include sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, HIV, malaria, polio, vaccination and health communication in emergencies, including the current pandemic.  In addition to health advice and strategy development, Genevieve also developed BBC Media Action’s strategy for working with and for young people. Before joining BBC Media Action, Genevieve managed support services for adults living with HIV and set up community-based programmes and information services in Ghana to support young people’s sexual and reproductive health rights. Since joining BBC Media Action in 2012, in addition to her Advisory role, Genevieve has also worked in Nigeria managing BBC Media Action’s health projects there, and in Ethiopia as Country Director.  





Victoria Kwan is the Ethics and Standards Editor at First Draft where she helps develop the organisation’s thought leadership on the effective reporting of mis- and disinformation, and ensures that the organisation's recommended practices are implemented across its own output. Previously, she worked as a Senior Attorney Editor at Thomson Reuters. Victoria is the co-creator of several interactive tools that aid legal journalists and educate the public about the Supreme Court of the United States, including SCOTUS Map and SCOTUS Watch. She holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.








Radharani Mitra is Global Creative Advisor at BBC Media Action. With three decades of experience, Radharani mines insights, formulates strategies and tells stories using digital and legacy media platforms to bring about social and behaviour change. Radharani has created several unique and impactful communication interventions such as the Condom Ringtone; the TB Superhero Mr Sputum; Nugget, an Android mobile game for teenagers; the Mr Plan-Plan radio drama series for Ebola, Klahn 9 Dream Station, a TV reality show for youth in Cambodia; BBC Janala (Window) a digital learning service in Bangladesh, to name just a few. She has played a key role in designing BBC Media Action’s mHealth innovations Mobile Academy and Kilkari (Baby’s Gurgle) that have been scaled up nationally by the Government of India. She has masterminded two TV dramas - AdhaFULL (Half-full), a whodunit series on gender and adolescence and Navrangi Re! (Nine to a Shade), on urban sanitation. She has presented on SBCC and Human Centred Design at various global platforms and her work has won several Indian and international awards

Event Date: 
Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00
Organiser or Host: 
Community World Service Asia and BBC Media Action