In Conversation: Crisis in the Africa Region with Mausi Segun and Bigoa Chuol
Join Human Rights Watch Executive Director (Africa Region), Mausi Segun and Arts and Cultural Curator, Bigoa Chuol for an in-depth discussion on human rights in the Africa Region, including the current crisis in Sudan and South Sudan, global immigration policy and the role of the arts, social media and journalism in civic activism.
WHEN: Wednesday 28 August, 6:45pm arrival for a 7pm start (1 hour talk)
VENUE: FCAC, Performance Space
COST: This event has been kept free to ensure it is accessible to the community. If you are in a position to pay, please feel free to make a tax deductible donation when you register online or at reception on the day.
Please ensure you register to secure your ticket. Head to reception on arrival to pick up your ticket token.
Executive Director, Africa
Mausi Segun, executive director of Human Right Watch’s Africa Division, oversees the work of the division in approximately 30 countries. Segun joined Human Rights Watch in September 2013 as the senior researcher for Nigeria. Segun has conducted field investigations to several parts of northern Nigeria, authored extended press releases and dispatches on the cycles of violence in north central Nigeria, the humanitarian crises, the abduction of girls and women and the violations committed by both sides in the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast. She has written pieces and opinions for the New York Times, The Independent UK, Sunday Independent SA, and Salon and has been quoted in the Huffington Post, Washington Post and other major news media.
Before Human Rights Watch, she worked with Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission where, as southwest zonal coordinator, she worked tirelessly to document and promote human rights in six southwest states. Prior to joining the Commission, she worked as a senior legal officer with the federal ministry of justice. She has written countless papers on various rights and governance issues.
Mausi has a bachelor of law degree from Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria, and a Masters in Human Rights Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Arts and Cultural Curator, Writer and Poet
Bigoa is an arts and cultural curator, writer and poet. She has presented work internationally and in various renowned literature, music and poetry festivals all around Melbourne Australia since 2015. She’s South Sudanese born in Addis Ababa, who arrived in Melbourne via Kenya at the age of eleven with her family as a refugee.
She is a member of the art collective Still Nomads, an African arts collective based on Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung land made up of multidisciplinary artists. The collective is grounded in the establishment of community and collective creativity. She is also active in event production alongside Afro Hub a social enterprise that prioritises African art practitioners.
Presently, she is working on (re) establishing cultural connection, re-distributing knowledge and language inter-generationally within the South Sudanese diaspora through different artistic mediums. As well as a research project with the University of Melbourne Social Equity School into perceived gender norms among the Nuer.
She is the Events Coordinator at Footscray Community Art Centre, a community engaged contemporary art centre in inner city Melbourne.
Co-presented by Human Rights Watch and Footscray Community Arts Centre
Image courtesy of the speakers.