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Thursday 1 October 2020 – Marilyn Garson, author of “Still Lives: A Memoir of Gaza” speaks on the Israeli-Palestinian situation:

• Four years, two wars, and one very unlikely female-led social enterprise.

• Marilyn Garson was an experienced aid professional who created jobs at the edge of war. In 2011, she was invited to move to the Gaza Strip to lead an ambitious Palestinian team. Gaza would challenge much of what Marilyn knew about aid and conflict, Palestine and justice. Who really lives behind the Gaza blockade, and what can we do about it? Marilyn speaks from experience – including her work as a member of the UN emergency team that operated shelters in Gaza through the war of 2014.

• As a Jew with skin on both sides, Gaza required Marilyn to dig deep into the content of her own beliefs. She speaks in the unifying language of human rights and law, where she believes that solutions will be found.

• Marilyn Garson grew up in Halifax, Canada studying political science and philosophy at the University of Toronto. In 1998, she began creating jobs in communities affected by war, launching locally owned social enterprises or working with small businesses in Cambodia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and elsewhere. In 2011 she received an offer to work and live in the Gaza Strip as the Economic Director of Mercy Corps’ Gaza programme, and then as a consultant to the office of UNRW’s then-Gaza director. In that capacity she joined the UN emergency team that remained in Gaza to shelter displaced people through the 2014 war. She is the proud co-founder of the GGateway social enterprise, whose (female) leaders were recognized by TIME magazine as emerging entrepreneurial leaders.

• Marilyn’s memoir, Still Lives – A Memoir Of Gaza, is published by Mary Egan. Copies will be available at [venue], or in independent bookstores across New Zealand. Kindle eBooks on Amazon.com. For more, see www.marilyngarson.com

Venue: University of Waikato, Management Building, Room MSB1.05, 6:00pm.

Registration for this event is free, but due to Covid-19 Level restrictions, registration is essential in order to attend. In order to attend, you must register at <www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/still-lives-a-memoir-of-gaza-by-marilyn-garson-tickets-119201999389>.

Event Parking:
Parking for this event can best be found at:
1. street parking on Hillcrest Road (closer to Silverdale Ave)
2. by entering University Gate 10 off of Silverdale Road, entering the Car Park, and parking as close to the back of the Management Studies Building (MSB) as possible.

Finding the Venue:
From Hillcrest Rd: the venue can be reached by walking south on Hillcrest Rd toward the Management Studies Building, and walking down the covered stairs on the left. Entrance is on right hand side.
From Gate 10 CarPark: Walk up towards the back of the Management Studies Building, climb stairs, entrance will be on the left-hand side. 

Sunday 1 November 2020Waikato Interfaith Council Annual Interfaith Service, Sunday 1 November 2020, 4:00-5:30pm. Hamilton City Council Reception Lounge. Multifaith service 4:00-5:30pm, followed at 5:30-6:00pm with tea/coffee social. Details coming soon.

September 2021National Interfaith Forum 2020: The 13th National Interfaith Forum, originally scheduled for the weekend of Friday 11 September through Sunday 13 September 2020 in Tauranga, has been postponed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The National Interfaith Forum, cosponsored by the Tauranga Moāna Interfaith Council and the Waikato Interfaith Council, will be rescheduled for a future date as soon as the organising committee has enough information in order to reschedule. Stay tuned for more information, we hope coming soon!

page last updated 23 September 2020.