Presented by Hamilton Book Month
Golriz Ghahraman made history as the first refugee to be sworn in as a member of New Zealand’s parliament in 2017. Iranian-born, Golriz arrived in New Zealand with her parents seeking asylum as a child. She studied human rights law at Oxford and has practiced as a lawyer in New Zealand and for United Nations tribunals in Africa, The Hague, and Cambodia.
Her new book Know Your Place is a story about breaking barriers, and the daily challenges of prejudice that shape the lives of women and minorities. At its heart, it’s about overcoming fear, about family, and about finding a place to belong. Know Your Place is an open and intimate account about making a home in Aotearoa New Zealand, her work as a human rights lawyer, her United Nations missions, and how she became the first refugee to be elected to New Zealand Parliament.
Golriz says the book’s first few chapters focus on her upbringing in post-revolution Iran, the first decade of the Islamic Republic. In the book as well as in the media, she’s been open about her experiences of domestic violence, panic attacks, imposter syndrome, and her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. She thought she was going into parliament as a human rights lawyer but she hadn’t fully realised the experience of being her – a woman of colour, of refugee background, Middle Eastern – would have at the time.
Come and hear Golriz Ghahraman in conversation with community advocate and podcaster Kelli Pike.
She’ll be at Clarence St Theatre at a free event on Monday 10 August 12-1pm
Poppies bookshop will have books for sale and signing.