The Amnesty International Global Youth Collective is a team of Amnesty International youth leaders (under 25 years old) and Amnesty staff with a youth brief from across the global movement who are champions for youth engagement and participation. As champions, they bring the thought leadership that is needed to reach the goals in the International Youth Strategy, and look for opportunities to advance its implementation.
Members of the Collective serve a two-year term, in which they play a role as spokespersons on youth issues and raise youth perspectives both internally and externally to help support and expand the space for greater youth(-led) engagement and participation. They amplify the voice of youth leaders and activists on issues that are relevant and matter to young people within and outside Amnesty International, contribute to the agendas of global, regional and national Amnesty International meetings to advise on how youth perspectives can be included, and provide strategic advice to relevant teams across the movement on integrating youth perspectives across all areas and levels of Amnesty International’s work.
For more information about the Amnesty Global Youth Collective or requests for collaboration you can contact the Global Youth Team.
Allyson Castillo, Amnesty International Chile
Allyson is a 19-year-old Chilean activist and journalism student. She has been an animal rights activist since she was 11 and a human rights activist since she was 16, when she started working with Amnesty International out of a desire to fight injustice. Since then, she has been an active part of Amnesty International Chile’s Human Rights Education Team and has delivered workshops to educating people of all ages about migration, human rights, sexual and reproductive rights and other related issues according to the contingency. In 2018 Allyson was selected to be part of Amnesty’s global Youth, Power, Action! Network, and alongside this she participates in Amnesty Chile’s street activism team and in the “It’s My Body” School, where she was trained as an educator in sexual and reproductive rights; since then she has been especially committed to promoting comprehensive sexual education. Allyson works hard to promote youth activism, feminism and work on social change within and outside of Amnesty. Last year she was chosen to be part of the school for young women leaders promoted by ‘Woman Community’ and UNDP, where she received political and social training which strengthening her leadership as a young woman. She has also worked with environmental organizations who are committing their ideals to this cause too.
Alwande Khumalo, Amnesty International South Africa.
Alwande Khumalo is 24 years old. She is a two times graduate. She currently holds a Political Studies Honours Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research focused around a select anti-human trafficking specialized police task force’s gendered dynamics and organisational structure. She has interests in the state, preservation and advocacy of human rights, gender studies, police (particular around ethical policing throughout the Global South), Black Lives Matter, feminism, racial and cultural studies, mental health, and youth-inclusive advocacy.
Additionally, she is a South African youth representative in Amnesty International’s Global Youth Collective, a former Co-Chairperson at Amnesty International – Wits, a former Women’s Subcommittee Head of Amnesty International – Wits, a Youth Leader at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, a member of the South African’s Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) Youth Policy Committee’s Gender Working Group, a 2020 youth representative for SAIIA at 2021’s United Nations multi-stakeholder hearings on “Accelerating the realization of gender equity and the empowerment of all women and girls” of which forms a part of the annual UN Women’s Conference and a black intersectional feminist. Of equal importance, she currently works in Amnesty International South Africa’s Campaigns Team.
Alwande is also a hopeful human being and believes in the power of people-people and another action-orientated advocacy
Célia Bourezane, Amnesty International Algeria
Célia Bourezane is a Political Science & International Relations graduate. She has been a member of Amnesty International Algeria since 2018. Her commitment and work under Amnesty International has a focus on women’s rights and freedom of expression. In the near future, she aims to work on climate justice and fighting corruption, considering these latest, important stakes our generation is dealing with.
Her first experiences were as a volunteer in children’s related actions. After that, she was selected to be part of the Algerian network of committed youth of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. The program helped her develop an appetence for project management and enhanced her understanding of a topic she was already dealing with in her professional life. She was simultaneously working with different groups on women’s rights and her implication in the Algerian feminist sphere helped her engage in talks and debates about equality under Amnesty International Algeria.
As the current Algerian youth coordinator, she had the opportunity to understand the importance of interconnections and information symmetry in order to achieve common goals. Her experience under the International Visitor Leadership Program reinforced her belief and will to work on creating levers and suitable environments for people. She believes that engaging youth in strategic decisions and actions, addressing issues from the bottom up, and giving youth a voice to realize their vision is critical to our future and the next generations.
Chloe Clark, Amnesty International Australia
Staff Member with a Youth Brief
Chloe joined the Amnesty movement as a youth activist in 2013 by starting an action group in rural Australia and developing a peer support network for activists outside of metropolitan areas. Chloe is passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive movement; as an activist she developed a partnership with Pride in Sport, focussing on LGBTIQ access to sport across Australia. In addition to this, Chloe worked alongside other activist leaders to shape AI Australia’s Indigenous Rights campaign. Chloe became a staff member in 2018 and loves empowering youth, developing leadership opportunities and ensuring genuine participation for young people in our movement. Recently, Chloe facilitated Amnesty International Australia’s Youth Advisory Group (YAG) to develop Australia’s National Youth Strategy for the next 3 years. Chloe’s ability to empower and develop our young activists is demonstrated by the real depth of understanding, innovation and commitment from YAG to lead this work.
Emmanuel Ayoola, Amnesty International Nigeria
Staff Member with a Youth Brief
Emmanuel Ayoola is currently the Activism and Growth Officer for Amnesty International Nigeria. He joined Amnesty International Nigeria in 2018 as an intern; prior to then he was already engaged as a volunteer. He is passionate about youth involvement as leaders and change makers in issues that affects them and the world at large. Outside Amnesty, he is co-founder of ‘Impacts Speaks’ – a youth-led group driving social change through creative conversations and engagements. Under this initiative he organises the ‘Abuja Talk Series’. This group was the first that organized public dialogue sessions on the ‘Not Too Young to Run’ Bill in Nigeria, calling for more youth representation in political office. Emmanuel has engaged over 2,000 young people of tertiary institutions in Nigeria on the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2017, he was facilitator at the National Youth Summit in Nigeria which had an attendance of over 3,000 young people from all over Africa. He is currently coordinating the development of Amnesty International’s first National Youth Strategy and Activism Strategy.
Kanza Fatima, International Member – Pakistan
Kanza is a passionate social worker, human-rights activist and a feminist at heart. She currently resides in Karachi, Pakistan, but has made frequent travels to Turkey with the intention of experiencing the rich culture. Kanza has an active International Member of Amnesty for almost 3 years and was selected in April 2019 to become part of Amnesty’s Youth Advisory Board where she has devoted herself to the campaigns with enthusiasm and zest. On 8th March 2020, she covered the event of Aurat March Karachi (A march celebrating and bringing awareness to rights of women in Pakistan) for Amnesty International’s Instagram page. Additionally, Kanza Fatima is a regular volunteer at Robin Hood Academy, which is a program that facilitates the provision of basic education to underprivileged children. In her free time, she volunteers at The Citizens Foundation, while holding a full-time job as an Acquisition Analyst at Careem’s Karachi division. At the age of 22, Kanza is also completing her Bachelors in Econ and International Relations.
Katie Davos, Amnesty International USA
Staff member with a youth brief
Katie is the Youth & Student Program Specialist at Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), where she supports youth and student activism across the section, including managing AIUSA’s youth leadership programs and upholding the goals of the AIUSA Youth Strategy. Katie first got involved in human rights and social justice as a student activist organizing around LGBTQI+ issues. After university, where Katie was first introduced to Amnesty at the AI Thailand office, Katie became an organizing intern at AIUSA. Before rejoining AIUSA as a staff member, Katie worked in the youth leadership development field in Asia, focusing on providing resources for youth to become social justice leaders in their communities. As the Youth & Student Program Specialist, Katie has a deep commitment and passion in ensuring that youth are fully represented and that their voices are heard at every level within the organization.
Kimberly Coulombe, Amnesty International Canada (Francophone)
Kimberly started her Amnesty journey in the youth group of her high school in the suburbs of Montreal. From 2012 to 2016, she has facilitated workshops and human rights camps reinforcing the capacities of more than 200 young leaders in Québec, the francophone province of Canada. Kimberly is also one of the cofounders of Inclusion Jeunesse (Youth Inclusion), a youth-led initiative based in Montréal which aims to address issues of representation. Her firm conviction to make the world a better place has granted her many recognitions such as the prize of the undergraduate personality of her university. While her activism has brought her to travel the world and go to places such as Mexico, Brazil, Belgium, Switzerland and South Africa, her heart lies at home in Québec where she lives. Kimberly holds a certificate in immigration and interethnic relations from l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and is currently finishing her BA in political science.
Þórhildur Elísabet Þórsdóttir, Amnesty International Iceland
Þórhildur studies History at the University of Iceland. She began volunteering for Amnesty International in 2014 and became the president of Amnesty Iceland’s national youth movement in 2016. During her time as president she facilitated a transition to a more democratically organized youth movement, and helped expand the roles of youth in governance by advocating for a youth advisory role on the national board. In 2019 she was elected to the national board, and is currently a board member. She has attended the Nordic Youth Conference, European Youth Meeting, and was a youth delegate to the 2019 Global Assembly in South Africa. Within the University of Iceland she co-founded an Amnesty International Society, and was a member of the Student Union. In her activism she is passionate about youth wellbeing and campaigning on root causes of inequality. She is particularly interested in feminism and gender equality, but started campaigning for Amnesty International through the #StopTorture campaign.
Miho Kawamoto, Amnesty International Japan
Miho is a twenty-three-year-old human rights activist based in Japan. Currently, she goes to graduate school, studying International Politics. She joined Amnesty in 2018 as a part-time fundraising staff. Through the job, she learned how NGOs such as Amnesty International function and found it plays an important role in a community. She understands Amnesty is a place where small voices come together and make them bigger. Once they became one, these voices will never be afraid to speak up. Now, she is a youth coordinator in Japan, trying to raise human rights awareness of young people because if we stop caring about it, there is no human rights and democracy in the future so she hosts a place where young people share their opinions, experiences, and think how we want to shape the world, hoping everyone will be able to answer what the human rights is when they asked.
Miłosz Herka, Amnesty International Poland
Miłosz is a youth leader from Łódź, Poland who started his journey with Amnesty at the age of 14 in a school group. Couple years later he founded a local group of youth activists and became a human rights educator, engaging with many projects and campaigns in his country. Miłosz also took part in designing #NextGlobalStrategy and organizing European Youth Meeting. Currently he studies biotechnology and serves as a board member of local LGBTQ+ organization. Privately he writes poems and novels. Miłosz says that Amnesty and activism have had a serious influence on his personality and today he sees Amnesty as a big family but also an innovator and educator who can inspire and empower others. He believes that the world needs different narrative – of humanity that can thrive but only as its integral part and that takes responsibility for its actions.
Sia Seidler, Amnesty International Denmark
Staff member with a youth brief
Sia’s current role in Amnesty is Activism Organizer, but she has been working for Amnesty her whole professional career. She first got involved in the fight for human rights in her activism at the Youth Panel of the Danish Institute Against Torture, supporting the cause against torture by advocating for the role of Youth activists in campaigning and advocacy. Since then, she has worked either on a volunteer base or as staff to improve the power and participation of activists, especially young people, in human rights work at Amnesty. Sia fights for women’s and girls’ rights through her work with the Youth movement on consent and has developed partnerships with the LGBTI+ movement to combat hate crimes and discrimination. She is passionate about wellbeing and selfcare and works to share and develop new skills with activists to combat burnout amongst staff and activists in Denmark. She believes that taking care of ourselves and each other is the first step towards a sustainable and long term fight for change.
Yara Eid, International Member – Palestine
Yara is a 19-year-old human rights activist from Gaza, Palestine. She is currently entering into her third year studying International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, where she also co-founded her own campaigning society, Justice for Palestine. She is a Global Youth Ambassador at Theirworld, where she campaigns to end the children’s education crisis. Yara’s Amnesty journey began about a year ago when she was selected to be part of Amnesty International’s Youth Task Force alongside other amazing young people from around the world, who worked together to feed into the development of Amnesty International’s next global strategy. Growing up in a refugee camp in Gaza and living through three wars by the age of 14 is Yara’s motivation to keep campaigning against the war crimes and human rights violations committed against Palestinians and all over the world. She aspires to practice international law in the future and to give voice to the many who are voiceless.
Youssef Kamel, International Member – Egypt
Youssef is an Egyptian master’s student at the University of Oklahoma studying International Studies. Youssef is passionate about diversity, peace and sustainability and hopes to work with local NGOs to promote human rights across the globe. Youssef left Egypt in 2014 to pursue an education at United World College of the Atlantic (UWC) before enrolling at OU. His main focus lies within religion and the political dimensions of the topic especially within his home region of the Middle East. Youssef has been an advocate for issues affecting international students. He was part of Amnesty’s Global Youth Task Force in 2019.