Global Youth Collective
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.
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.
Christoph Alberts, Amnesty International Germany
Christoph Alberts is a twenty-year-old human rights activist based in Germany. Currently he is a student of social sciences at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. In his opinion, Amnesty must proactively face current threats and find ways to continue to act as a loud, global voice for human rights. Here, young people and activism play the crucial role! Christoph became a member of Amnesty International in 2014 and started volunteering through the university group in his hometown of Dortmund. As the group's coordinator, Christoph helped organize different actions and workshops, most notably for the international campaign “Stop Torture!”. Shortly after he graduated high school he moved to Lima, Peru, where he was active in different human rights groups. Upon his return to Germany in 2017 he became the Youth Leader of Amnesty Germany, and as a spokesperson of German youth he has been particularly concerned with guaranteeing active participation of youths in all structures of the organization. Currently he advises the German board regarding youth activism and diversity.
Ikram Jaoui, Amnesty International Morocco
Ikram Jaoui is 21-years-old, and from Casablanca, Morocco. She is currently studying International Commerce at the National School of Business and Management (ENCG’K). 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.
Jaime Wong, Amnesty International Hong Kong
Jaime is a law student from Hong Kong and began her journey with Amnesty in 2015 as part of her university’s Amnesty Club. The Club organised monthly events such as booths, movie screenings, seminars, and an ongoing social media campaign to increase campus awareness of human rights issues both globally and in Hong Kong. At the 2017 International Council Meeting, Jaime was elected as the youth member of the Preparatory Group for the 2018 Asia Pacific Regional Forum, where she co-organised and facilitated a session called ‘Engaging Young People’ with all delegates. The same year, Jaime was co-opted as a Board Member of Amnesty International Hong Kong, and has since been working with other young people in Hong Kong to develop a Youth Network within the section. She has also been elected as the youth member for the Preparatory Group for next Asia Pacific Regional Forum in 2019.
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. He has since worked supporting youth activism at People & Planet and ActionAid. James is passionate about increasing active participation of young people at all levels of Amnesty International, from campaign planning and implementation to strategic direction and governance. He is currently a party of the organising team for the 2019 European Youth Meeting, and is leading coordinating the creation of Amnesty UK’s first National Youth Strategy. Outside of Amnesty James has been involved in grassroots campaigning against the fossil fuel industry.
Lehlogonolo Muthevhuli, Amnesty International South Africa
Lehlogonolo is 22 years old and recently completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Politics from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits). She was first introduced to Amnesty International in 2016 at Wits, and her involvement with the university chapter allowed her to serve on their Executive Team twice, as the Vice Chairperson and as the Treasurer. During her time at Wits 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 was actively involved in raising awareness and organising demonstrations – this included coordinating a sit in, and conducting interviews that publicly challenged the Department of Women to take providing these products seriously. Lehlogonolo has since further her activism by being selected to join Amnesty South Africa’s Transitional Advisory Group (TAG); she is the youngest TAG member which allows her to bring a youth voice to the table.
Karin Watson Ferrer, Amnesty International Chile
Karin Watson Ferrer is a 21-year-old from Santiago, Chile, and studies Design & History of Arts at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She is especially interested in feminism, non-sexist education, gender, sexual and reproductive rights, and finding ways to integrate culture and arts into social movements. Karin started volunteering for Amnesty International when she was 17, through workshops on the “My Body, My Rights” campaign. She became a workshop facilitator, and helped to develop and improve the methodologies and dynamics used today. Since then, she’s been working in the Activism Team and the Human Rights Education Team of AI Chile, and in 2016 joined the group of youth activists that worked for the elimination discriminatory barriers towards their participation, achieving that young members, including those under legal majority in Chile, enjoy full rights in all instances of the organization. Last year, Karin was elected as Delegate for the International Council Meeting 2017 and was part of the group of delegates that worked to ensure effective participation of young members in all international meetings. She has also been elected as Youth Delegate for the AGM 2018 and Americas’ Regional Forum.
Manu Gaspar, Amnesty International Philippines
Manu is a young Filipino working in health technology. Previously as a Youth Innovator fellow at UNFPA Philippines, he conceptualised a mobile app as a companion towards young people's adolescent SRH transition. Now, he's a researcher at the University of the Philippines Manila supporting innovations for universal health care access. He has been an Amnesty volunteer since 2014 when he was still at university. Since then he's been working for youth spaces at different levels - as part of Amnesty International Philippines’ Youth Core Group, Amnesty International’s Youth Strategy Review Working Group, and, most recently, the Asia Pacific Young Human Rights Defenders Network. He is interested in anything - and at the intersection of - queer, tech, rights, and youth.
Maria Qossayer, International Member, Lebanon
Maria Qossayer is a social actor and human rights activist based in Beirut. She started her activism journey by going to several protests and becoming more involved in the socio-political state of Lebanon. Having worked closely with other activists on electoral campaigns, she had the chance to be an active member of civil society by organizing fundraisers and marches. About two years ago Maria volunteered at an NGO providing social interactive theatre, in which she now works as a Field Officer - this in turn opened the door for her to speak clearly and loudly about women's rights, LGBTQAI+ rights, the right to return, and beyond. Maria joined Amnesty International as an International Member last year, and has been working with the organisation on a one year project aiming to abolish the kafala system by educating young people about the violations that happen under it. She has successfully pulled off a series of events during this project.
Mariana Rodrigues, Amnesty International Portugal
Mariana has always been a staunch supporter of human rights causes. Every day she tries to live her life according to her ideals, particularly when it concerns human rights, animal protection and sustainability. She tutors maths and science to kids, and is about to begin a Masters in Information Management.In 2017, Mariana started working in the Face to Face project, in Lisbon, Portugal, and was part of the project from February to December 2017. During this time she learned a lot about human behaviour. In May of the same year she joined ReAJ, Portugal's National Network of Youth Action, and in the September, she became its coordinator, a role that she still undertakes. Currently she is working to expand ReAJ. She is also currently part of the team developing Amnesty International Portugal’s National Youth Strategy. Additionally, Mariana is the founder and coordinator of Alinhavo, a Portuguese movement that intends to promote sustainable consumption of clothing. She is also the secretary of the Supervisory Board of Citizenship Academy.
Pashtana Durrani, International Member, Afghanistan
Pashtana was born and raised in a refugee camp near Quetta Balochistan, Pakistan. From an early age she became involved with education activism, starting her first home based school for refugee girls with the help of her parents aged seven. Growing up Pashtana saw Afghan refugees being treated badly, and so she has focused on working for human rights both on a national and international level, from education for refugee children to women's rights. Pashtana has been involved with organizations including the Creative Girls Initiative, the Online Model United Nations, and Marie Stopes International as Youth Ambassador. During her ambassadorship, she delivered lectures on self-care, girls’ rights, dealing with harassment, and women’s rights. She currently writes for the Afghanistan Times about human rights violations and how to tackle these issues and is also the Co-Founder of a non-profit, LEARN Afghanistan, which focuses on the quality of education in Afghanistan and how to improve it.
Sandra Mwarania, Amnesty International Kenya
Staff Member with a youth brief
Sandra is a passionate pan-African youth activist and currently works at Amnesty International Kenya as the Campaign Officer for Human Rights Education and Activism. In her role she is responsible for championing for the active participation of AI Kenya’s student and youth constituencies in change processes that strengthen the promotion and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. In other capacities Sandra has been called upon to play a youth advisory role in different spaces including Amnesty International’s Gender and Diversity TaskForce, the British Council’s Next Generation Kenya Project, the Africa Youth Network for Empowerment and Transformation, and the Student Consortium for Human Rights Advocacy. Her background is in international development and activism, and she focused on the study of power relations and citizen voice while getting her Masters in Participation, Power and Social Change at the University of Sussex. The insights from these studies reinforced her capacity to participate critically and democratically in public life, and she strongly believes young people are uniquely positioned to powerfully drive this change agenda.
Shauna MacLean, Amnesty International Canada (EN)
Staff Member with a youth brief
Shauna first started with Amnesty International at the age of 16 when she created a youth activism club at her high school. Since then she has been working with Amnesty International to enable, promote and support youth activism within the movement. Shauna is currently the National Activism Coordinator for Amnesty Canada (English Speaking). She has worked at the international level as a member of the International Youth Coordination Council, the International Youth Advisory Body, and most recently as a member of the International Youth Strategy Review Working Group. She was also a member of the Steering Committee for the Youth, Power, Action! Summit, which bought together 100 youth activists and Amnesty International staff members with a youth brief in Nairobi, Kenya, in May 2018.
Vibha Venkatesha, Amnesty International USA
Vibha is a 21-year-old Detroit-based human rights activist, and is Amnesty USA’s National Youth Action Committee representative for the Midwest. She has been working with Amnesty for the past four years, as a student, local and regional activist leader, Events Coordinator and an Advocate Trainer. Her motto in her work with Amnesty and human rights advocacy is “think globally, act locally”. Vibha has lobbied on numerous human rights issues, facilitated workshops, and organised panel discussions and events on a range of issues including mass incarceration, solitary confinement, migrant and refugee rights, and uplifting the narratives of LGBTQ people of colour. In the aftermath of the Muslim ban, Vibha and fellow student activists also organized a rally in solidarity with a Syrian international student barred from attending her university, as well as a protest and petition to make her university a sanctuary campus that did not give undocumented students’ information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Vibha graduated from Wayne State University with a BA in Political Science and Sociology. She currently works as a Policy Analyst with a focus on urban planning, public health and economic development policy in Detroit and a Task Force aiming to reduce prison recidivism rates in the city.