Pass the Mic: Season One – Episode 3

Melishu Azanaw, originally from Ethiopia, works as a women’s advocate at Shakti in Wellington.
Melishu Azanaw, 23, originally from Ethiopia, works as a women’s advocate at Shakti.

0:00 – My Favourite Songs

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum CEO Tayyaba Khan, recently returned from Pakistan, talks about hospitality, her passion for her work and songs that mean something to her.

Heal the World – Michael Jackson
Woh Kagaz Ki Kashti – Jagjit Singh & Chitra Singh

0:18 – Interview: Melishu Azanaw

Getting that first big job after graduation is a milestone moment. Melishu Azanaw, who is 23 and originally from Ethiopia, has just started her first job after graduating as a social worker in Auckland.

She’s moved to Wellington and is working as a women’s advocate at Shakti, a not-for-profit that helps women from refugee and migrant backgrounds who have been affected by domestic violence.

0:29 – Community announcements

0:34 – Panel: Employment and the refugee community

Cultural and language barriers and a lack of New Zealand qualifications can make finding work difficult for refugees. What might help? Join the panel: Ibrahim Omer, a former refugee now studying at Victoria University, who is also involved in the ‘living wage’ campaign; political journalist Nicola Kean; and Molly Kennedy, manager of MCLaSS (Multicultural Learning & Support Services).

Poem and music

‘La mantis religiosa’ – Oscar Hahn, Versos Robados (2005)
Joan Baez – No Woman, No Cry
Kwazulu – Miriam Makeba

Originally broadcast 27 October 2015 on Wellington Access Radio 783AM