AUCKLAND: Who really lives behind the Gaza Blockade, and what can we do about it?
Thursday, 14 May 2020 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lecture Theatre, Old Government House, Princes Street, University of Auckland

SPEAKER: Marilyn Garson - Author

In 2011 Marilyn Garson was invited to move to the Gaza Strip. She was appointed as the economic director of a large NGO programme, where she led an ambitious Gazan team. Two years later, she became a consultant to the office of the UNRWA’s Gaza director. They set about launching the GGateway enterprise to create technology-related employment behind the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

When in 2014 Gaza was subject to bombardment and assault from Israel, Marilyn volunteered to stay behind. The UN emergency response team calculated on sheltering 35,000 displaced Gazans. By the end of 50 days of bombardment, ultimately 293,000 people needed shelter.

At the end her team of local people emerged from the destruction determined to continue their work to launch a social enterprise in Gaza, among the skilled but unemployed citizenry.

Her book Still Lives – A Memoir Of Gaza has been praised by experts, including Michael Lynk (the UN Special Rapporteur For The Situation Of Human Rights In The Palestine Territory Occupied Since 1967), Sara Roy (Harvard University), Prof. Christopher Marshall (Victoria University, Wellington, and Professor Eugen Rogan (Oxford University).

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