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Know Your Place

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Know Your Place by Golriz Ghahraman
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Golriz Ghahraman is someone I've looked up to for many years. Know Your Place is her intimate account of making a home in Aotearoa New Zealand, working as a human rights lawyer and for the United Nations, and entering New Zealand parliament. I found it incredibly passionate and honest, and enjoyed learning all about her culture and childhood life in Iran; journey to New Zealand without knowing what would happen if they were sent back; her global working adventures in Africa, The Hague, and Cambodia; her work in the Green Party; and her recount of the Christchurch mosque terrorist attacks. It is disappointing and anger inducing to read about the horrific racist abuse Golriz has encountered, and should be a reminder of us to embrace diversity, seek to understand each other more, or at the least, practise basic human kindness. An empowering read – especially for young people and women of colour – to know that you CAN make a difference.

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The story of a child refugee who faced her fears, found her home and accidentally made history

When she was just nine, Golriz Ghahraman and her parents were forced to flee their home in Iran. After a terrifying and uncertain journey, they landed in Auckland where they were able to seek asylum and – ultimately – create a new life.

In this open and intimate account, Ghahraman talks 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 the New Zealand Parliament.

Passionate and unflinching, 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.

Release date Australia
June 1st, 2020
  • General (US: Trade)
Country of Publication
New Zealand
HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
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