Law alumna features in new campaign

11 November 2016
Rez Gardi at the UN
Rez Gardi at the UN

Law School alumna Rez Gardi has an incredible story behind her success. Of Kurdish ancestry, Rez was born in a refugee camp in Pakistan before resettling in New Zealand with her parents and older brother and sister at the age of six.

The young advocate for refugee rights completed her Law Honours dissertation earlier this year on human rights violations against Kurds and the prospect of Kurdish statehood. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in Political Studies and Internationals Relations, and Criminology.

Among her achievements was being elected to represent New Zealand at the Global Refugee Youth Consultations and annual UNHCR – NGO (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – Non-Government Organisation) consultation in Geneva.

The Auckland resident has previously worked as a human rights intern at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in Nairobi, where she was the youngest intern and first ever intern from New Zealand, and also as an assistant to the Deputy Chief of Protocol in the Protocol Department of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Hear more of Rez's story in the video.

Rez Gardi shares her story, highlighting how a scholarship relieved some of the financial pressure on her family.