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.
Belinda Adikie Asamanyuah, Amnesty International Ghana
Belinda Adikie Asamanyuah is a passionate Human Rights Activist and believes in team work. She has been a member of Amnesty International Ghana since 2015 and has actively participated in all their campaigns, including sexual and reproductive rights and the abolishment of the death penalty in Ghana. Belinda served as a member of Amnesty Ghana’s National Youth Coordinating team in 2018 and is currently the Youth Campaign and Activism Coordinator for her Amnesty campus group. She regularly volunteers at the Amnesty Ghana office and has contributed to the planning and development of a variety of their youth and national programmes. Alongside this, Belinda is a final year student at the Ghana Institute of Journalism and as a young journalist she is interested in human rights related stories. She also volunteers for Marie Stopes Ghana and UNICEF Ghana.
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.
Ikram Jaoui, Amnesty International Morocco
Ikram Jaoui is 22-years-old and from Casablanca, Morocco. She is an international business graduate. Her involvement with Amnesty International began in 2016 when she joined her university’s Amnesty Club; since then she has been increasingly interested in human rights issues and has become more involved with the organization, including becoming the Coordinator of her university Club. She has helped organize multiple workshops and events with Amnesty Morocco, both locally and nationally, including their International Youth Camp, National General Assembly, and National Youth Forum. Ikram is currently in her second term as the Vice Coordinator of Amnesty Morocco’s National Youth Advisory Committee, where her mission consists of ensuring smooth and strong communication between all members and the National Secretary. She also recently had the chance to attend an Amnesty ‘training of trainers’ event that was held in Beirut, Lebanon, where she acquired valuable facilitating skills.
James Farndon, Amnesty International UK
Staff Member with a Youth Brief
James is the Community Organiser for Students at Amnesty UK, where he supports the Student Action Network (STAN). James first got involved with Amnesty International whilst studying at the University of Leicester where he was also the Student Union’s Campaign Officer. Before re-joining Amnesty as a staff member he worked supporting youth activism at People & Planet and ActionAid. James is passionate about giving youth activists genuine power at all levels of Amnesty International, from campaign planning and implementation to strategic direction and governance. He co-organised the 2019 European Youth Meeting and is currently coordinating the creation of Amnesty UK’s first National Youth Strategy. Outside of Amnesty James is interested in running, cycling and pop music, and has previously been involved in grassroots campaigning against the fossil fuel industry. He is currently looking at returning to education, starting a MA in 2021.
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.
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.
Lehlogonolo Muthevhuli, Amnesty International South Africa
Lehlogonolo recently completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Politics and is currently completing her second degree in Communication. She was first introduced to Amnesty International in 2016 and her involvement with the university chapter allowed her to serve on their Executive Team twice. During her time there, Lehlogonolo was part of a team that started Worth Bleeding For, a campaign which aimed to ensure that women on campus were provided with free period products. She furthered her activism by being selected to join AI South Africa’s Transitional Advisory Group where she was the youngest member which allowed her to bring a youth voice to the table. She recently completed her internship with AI South Africa which allowed her to work closely with the youth in South Africa. She furthers her activism by continuing her membership with the Global Youth Collective where she has since worked on the Next Strategy and the next Flagship Campaign.
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.
Sofía Novillo Funes, Amnesty International Argentina
Staff Member with a Youth Brief
Sofía is a feminist lawyer and a human rights activist as she defines herself. She is based in Buenos Aires and currently is the Human Rights Education and Youth Responsible at Amnesty Argentina. She got involved in human rights to change the unequal and unjust structures of people’s lives. She has work in different NGO’s about children, youth, women, and LGBTIQ+ issues. Outside of Amnesty, since 2014 Sofia is part of the organization Abosex (Advocates for Sexual Rights) as a legal activist (pro-Bono). With her colleagues at AboSex they work on legal strategies to advance on LGBTIQ+ people’s rights. As a Human Rights Education and Youth Responsible, she supports the national youth network and the local youth group and has a strong commitment to participatory approaches to empower young people and to enable youth-led actions.
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.