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The leaders of tomorrow who are brimming with the potential to build a bright future for Aotearoa. They are the ones who are striving to improve themselves, their communities and their nation.
Rez was born in a United Nations refugee camp in Pakistan as her Kurdish family escaped persecution in their home land of Kurdistan.
At the age of 6 Rez and her family settled in New Zealand. Arriving with nothing, Rez has sought to use her difficult start in life as motivation to succeed recently becoming one of New Zealand’s first Kurdish female lawyers.
With an understandable passion for human rights, Rez hopes to focus her legal career on fighting for justice and equality for underprivileged and marginalised people which she is doing through her role as a global refugee youth advocate and a youth advisor to the New Zealand Red Cross. In 2016 Rez represented New Zealand at the Global Refugee Youth Consultations, the UNHCR-NGO Consultations, and the High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges of Children on the Move, all in Geneva, and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Conference in Bangkok. She is currently working on projects for refugee youth in New Zealand’s main centres and will assist the Red Cross in the planning and co-chairing the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement later this year.
Rez is committed to ensuring that the plight of settling new New Zealanders is easier than it was for her family. Rez is also involved with Refugee Services, Refugees as Survivors, UN Youth, Amnesty International, Auckland Multicultural Society, the Equal Justice Project, and is the director and founder of the Kurdish Youth Association in New Zealand.
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