Arash Bordbar
Arash Bordbar

Arash is a 23 year-old refugee from Iran living in Australia. He travelled to Malaysia at the age of 17 and registered with UNHCR in Kuala Lumpur. He spent five years in Malaysia before being resettled to Australia in May 2015. Arash is studying for a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Western Sydney. He has experience volunteering and working for organizations supporting young refugees, in Malaysia (HELP College of Arts and Technology , UNHCR, Sahabat Support Centre and more recently in Australia (Auburn Diversity Services Young Leaders Group , Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Youth Ambassador , Settlement Services International volunteer ). Arash is an advocate for gender equality, sexual rights, and access to education and employment opportunities. He participated in the Global Refugee Youth Consultations in Australia and the Global Consultation in Geneva. He participated in the Global Refugee Youth Consultation in Australia and Geneva in June 2016 and since then have traveled to Malaysia where he planned and ran a youth consultation and meetings with the various NGOs he used to work with. He has also traveled to Bangkok, Thailand for the APRRN6 (Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network) where he was elected as the deputy chair in the youth working group. He has been invited to various youth consultations in Australia where he shared his experience from Geneva and his various participation across the country and he was just recently awarded the Young People Human Rights Medal for the Year 2016 by Australia Human Rights.