NI public services Commissioner appeared at ticketed pro-refugee dinner

The Northern Ireland Public services Commissioner Marie Anderson appeared at ticketed pro-refugee dinner on the 7th of October 2017. She in fact hosted the dinner and was the introductory speaker. The dinner was after her appointment to NIPSO, the quango created in the weeks following Pastor McConnell’s trial. Likely the new quango and it’s chosen leader was Common Purpose’s response to not being able to use the courts to silence locals.

The dinner was held under the umbrella of the Irish Federation of University Women, the Irish branch of the International Federation of University women. A hive of globalists and feminists and a front for the latter.

The group supports Hillary Clinton and has had her to speak numerous times.

The Commissioner is obviously deeply biased with regard to the issue of mass immigration.

We are working on finding a video or transcript of the talk but here is a the full promo doc and the source link.

Women’s Movement: Stories of Migration


The IRFUW Conference 2017


Queens University Belfast


                                                                              4 CPD POINTS (Bar and Solicitor)



Saturday 7 October 2017, Canada Room, Queens University Belfast,

Registration and coffee: 10:00 am, Commences 10.30 am



Opening address:       Marie Anderson, Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman




The Queens Women’s Graduate Association (QWGA) will host the annual conference of the Irish Federation of University Women (IRFUW) in the Canada Room of Queen’s University Belfast on Saturday 7 October 2017. The conference title and theme is ‘Women’s Movement: Stories of Migration’.

The conference will explore the particular experiences of women around migration and displacement and provide a unique opportunity to voice and hear these experiences.

The conference will look at the response of institutions, societies, and states to the experiences of women in migration, and at the legal and rights contexts in which women’s migration takes place.

In addition to hearing from delegates, the conference will hear from our keynote speaker, Marie Anderson, the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman, a lawyer with an international reputation in promoting and protecting human rights.  Speakers will address migration in the context of issues including identity, home, memory, and living in diaspora, access to services, legal rights, human rights and security.


Registration:         £45.00 / Euro 50.00

IRFUW Members – £35.00 / Euro 40.00

                                    Student – £25.00 / Euro 28.00

(includes lunch in the Great Hall at QUB)

Please complete and return booking form by 30 September 2017 or book online at Eventbrite

Please email with any booking queries.

Women’s Movement: Stories of Migration, IRFUW 2017

Saturday 7 October 2017

Morning Session
10:00 Registration, coffee


Introduction and welcome followed by opening address
Marie Anderson


Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman – Opening address
11.00 Mimi Unamoyo


A Lawyers Journey
11.30 Coffee
12.00 Dr Edie Shillue My Granny was a Human Smuggler:  Irish Women in Diaspora
12.30 Dr Ulrike Vieten Trans-border EU labour (academic) work and other transnational tales of European mobility


1.00 Lunch in the Great Hall


Afternoon Session
2.00 Dr Patricia Brazil BL Embodied rights: Gender and migration in Irish law
2.30 Dr Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou


Colonialism, Migration and Home-based Work: British Cypriot women’s narratives of labour, health and well-being
3.00 Coffee
3.15 Dr Johanne Devlin Trew Northern Irish Women’s Voices of Migration & Return
3.45 Asma Amro Problems Affecting the Access to Education For Syrian Refugees in Jordan
4.15 – 4.45 Panel of the Speakers Closing remarks, questions and discussion


Morning session will be moderated by Maria McCloskey, Solicitor.

Afternoon session will be moderated by Dr Deirdre Ahern, TCD, and Grainne Keane, UCD.

Conference Speakers:

Marie Anderson


Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman   

Marie is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, and qualified as a solicitor in 1985.  After qualifying she worked in private practice for several years in the area of civil litigation.  Thereafter, she joined the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and worked as Legal Assistant and Senior Legal Assistant, over a period totalling 17 years.  The focus of her work was public, information and human rights law.


Marie became the first Assistant Information Commissioner for Northern Ireland in April 2003 and was responsible for setting up the first ever regional office of the Information Commission in Belfast in September 2003.  She held this post for 5 years with responsibility for regulating data protection and freedom of information matters in Northern Ireland.  During that time Marie was responsible for the investigation of highly sensitive information cases, and for establishing precedent in cases relating to privacy, the law of confidentiality and commercially sensitive information.


Marie was Deputy Northern Ireland Ombudsman from May 2009 and led the Ombudsman investigations examining complaints of maladministration and alleged breaches of the Local Government Code of Conduct for Councillors.  From 2012 to 2016 Marie was Chair of the Ombudsman’s Association Legal Interest Group which comprises 26 lawyers from across the UK and ROI.


Marie took up her post as the first Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman on 1 April 2016 along with the extended jurisdictions of Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Ombudsman and Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Complaints.


Asma Amro


The School of Law, QUB

Mrs Amro is a PhD candidate at the Human Rights Centre, the School of Law, QUB. Her PhD research project (Jordan’s Compliance with Right to Education for Syrian Refugees Under the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights ( ICESCR)’ ) is under the supervision of Professor Colin Harvey and Professor Brice Dickson.


In her research project she is investigating the fundamental refugee rights that states should respect regardless of their adherence to the International refugee instruments and how the state sovereignty interferes to undermine the fundamental rights and freedoms of Syrian refugees in both Jordan and Lebanon.  She received her MA degree in Human Rights and Human Development in 2012 from the University of Jordan with a focus on Islam and Human Rights.


Her professional experience includes working under human rights protection programs that covered socio-political, educational, and health fields for children, youth and women projects, serving diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds of both refugees and local citizens. She was Senior Program Associate with Freedom House on “Torture: Never Justified” regional program and CORE regional program and research assistant with Centre for Strategic Studies Amman-Jordan.


Dr Patricia Brazil BL Barrister at Law, Trinity College Dublin                  



Patricia Brazil LL.B., M.Litt, Ph.D., Barrister-at-Law is the Averil Deverell Lecturer in Law at Trinity College Dublin where she lectures in refugee and immigration law, family law and child law.


She has also practised as a barrister since 2004, specialising in the areas of asylum and immigration, family and child law.


Dr Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at QUB                                                                                        

Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou has been a Lecturer in Anthropology at Queen’s University Belfast since January 2013 after receiving her PhD in 2012 from the University of Sussex. She also holds an MSc in Forced Migration (Oxford) and a BA in Social Anthropology (Sussex). She is on the editorial board of the journal ‘Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism’ and Secretary of the Anthropological Association of Ireland.


Her research interests lie at the study of diasporas and political mobilisation, ethnicity, nationalism and anti-nationalism, the politics of the Left and social memory in conflict affected contexts with an ethnographic focus on Cyprus and the Cypriot diaspora. Evropi is currently in the process of completing a book manuscript with the provisional title ‘Memories of Conflict/Conflicts of Memory: Identity, Peace politics and Transnationalism in the Cypriot diaspora’ to be submitted to Pennsylvania University Press.


More recently, she has started developing a new research project on migration and the ‘new’ Greek Diaspora(s), which utilises post-2008 Greek emigration as a lens to examine shifting political, economic and social processes associated with crises in and of Europe.


Dr Johanne Devlin Trew School of Criminology, Politics & Social Policy at Ulster University                                                                            
Johanne Devlin Trew, PhD, is lecturer in the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences at Ulster University and a research associate of the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies. She is also currently a co-investigator with the AHRC funded project, Living Legacies First World War Engagement Centre, based in Belfast (partnership of Queen’s, UU and National Museums). Previously she held teaching and research posts in Irish history at Ulster University, Magee and Queen’s University Belfast and in Irish studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Concordia University, Montreal.


She is the author of two monographs: Leaving the North: Migration and Memory, Northern Ireland, 1921-2011 (Liverpool University Press, 2013) and Place, Culture and Community: The Irish Heritage of the Ottawa Valley (CSP, 2009) and her next book, Rethinking the Irish Diaspora, co-edited with Dr Michael Pierse, is forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan in Autumn 2017. Her research interests include migration and diaspora studies; Irish, British and imperial history; and Brexit.


Her talk to conference is based on her book, Leaving the North: Migration and Memory, Northern Ireland, 1921-2011 (Liverpool UP, 2013, pbk 2016), in which she traces the stories of several women emigrants who left Northern Ireland since the 1920s, some of whom later returned to a society still mired in conflict.


Dr Edie Shillue Consultant advising decision makers and front line service professionals in Northern Ireland on asylum and refugee issues                                                                                                 

Dr Edie Shillue has 20+ years’ experience with refugee/asylum communities here and in the United States.  She has been providing Refugee / Asylum training sessions for professionals and community groups in the Belfast and Derry areas since 2013.  She has provided training on behalf of the Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers as well as for the Belfast City Council Good Relations Unit, University of Ulster/Magee (dept. of Social Work) and community groups throughout Belfast City.

Her advanced training sessions have been provided to the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (Belfast), Refugees Welcome, Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre and Sole Purpose Productions (Derry).  In addition, she is a qualified Mandarin-English interpreter for legal professionals working in the refugee/asylum field, as well as a trained researcher on asylum, refugee and human trafficking matters. She holds a PHD from Queen’s University and advanced degrees from the University of Massachusetts.

In addition to teaching at the University of Massachusetts, Edie has taught at universities in Shanghai, China and Saigon, Viet Nam.  She is the author of a number of academic essays, a training drama on human trafficking and two memoirs:  Earth and Water; Encounters in Viet Nam and Peace Comes Dropping Slow; Conversations in Northern Ireland (published by the University of Massachusetts Press).


Mimi Unamoyo Northern Ireland Community for Refugee and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS)

Mimi Unamoyo is a trainee lawyer and a human rights activist from the Democratic Republic of Congo now based in Belfast.


She came to Northern Ireland in 2009 seeking protection from political persecution in the DRC.

Ms Unamoyo is a former Board Member of the Northern Ireland Community of Refugees & Asylum Seekers. She’s currently work as an advocacy and community development worker at the Northern Ireland community for refugee and asylum seekers (NICRAS) and is completing her LLM in Human Rights at Queens University Belfast.


She previously coordinated NICRAS Women’s Integration Project as part of the project she worked also, as a founder.  She worked with political representatives, service providers, and across the community to help refugee and asylum seeker women access public services and engage in civic life, and to increase the visibility, and utilise and promote the skills, of refugee and asylum seeker women.



Dr Ulrike Vieten The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, QUB

Dr Ulrike M. Vieten studied first Social Science (MA) and Law (BA) in Oldenburg and Bremen (Germany), and holds an MA in Gender & Ethnic Studies (University of Greenwich, 2004). She was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy/ Ph.D. for her Thesis ‘Situated Cosmopolitanisms: the notion of the Other in discourses on cosmopolitanism in Britain and Germany’, in 2008 (University of East London, UK).

Before coming to Belfast she held researcher positions at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), at the University of Sheffield and at the University of Luxembourg.


Her work engages theoretically and empirically with the (de-)construction of racialised, classed and gendered group boundaries, particularly in the context of nationalism, cosmopolitanism and the shifting axes of difference and otherness.

As a political and historical sociologist she focuses on migration and citizenship (e.g. the situation of asylum seekers and refugees in NI), the rise of far right populism and its normalisation in Europe and beyond, and conceptual issues related to social equality and justice (class, gender & intersectionality).


Her monograph ‘Gender and Cosmopolitanism in Europe: a feminist perspective’ was published with ASHGATE (now ROUTLEDGE) in 2012.



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