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  • Chile
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

"If I do not take responsibility, nobody will do it for me" - A young activist speaks out

Sofia recalls how she first experienced discrimination when she was stigmatized at school for her outfit, her ideas or for simply being born a woman. From Santiago, Chile, she explains why this motivated her to advocate for sexual and reproductive rights and to empower other young people to make informed decisions about their bodies and sexuality. I live in Santiago de Chile, a pretty stable country in the eyes of the world, though it is difficult to live here and be heard, above all if you are young, a woman and a human rights activist.

Date:
9 November 2016
  • Education
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Training young human rights educators in the Middle East and North Africa

Human rights education programmes in the Middle East and North Africa are bringing together young activists to learn how to provide human rights education to other young people. They allow young people to exchange techniques and best practices to improve their facilitation skills and enhance human rights activism in the region. “These workshops take us from theory to practice and include elements we don’t get the chance to practice before, such as facilitation, training techniques and session design.

Date:
26 October 2016
  • Education
  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

"Young people have a unique vision and we must be heard" - Defending sexual and reproductive rights in South America

We hear from six activists from South America working together through Amnesty’s It’s My Body! programme empowering young people aged 13 to 19 years old to claim and promote their sexual and reproductive rights. They’re from Peru, Argentina or Chile, yet all share the same goal: make sure they have the power and freedom to demand and access their sexual and reproductive rights. Over five years these young activists will work together to empower others to make informed decisions about their bodies and sexuality, and provide their peers with information and training on issues related to sexual and reproductive rights.

Date:
5 October 2016
  • Education
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Young Danish reporters put human rights on the front page

Stepping into the shoes of journalists as part of a national competition, school students in Denmark put the spotlight on sexual and reproductive rights by publishing 120 newspapers on human rights. “It has been important for us to tell the stories we heard in our interviews,” shares one of the young reporters. “I was shocked by some of the testimonies”, says another. Investigating how gender-based discrimination is formed, and how physical and sexual violence affect women in Denmark, around 7,000 secondary students enrolled in a national journalism competition and became reporters for a week.

Date:
30 September 2016
  • Education
  • Refugees

Register now for Amnesty's free online course on refugee rights

You can now register for Amnesty's second massive open online course (MOOC) on human rights. It will help you gain the knowledge to defend and promote the rights of refugees across the world. REGISTER NOW  Places are unlimited on our free online course Human Rights: The Rights of Refugees which will be available for 12 months from 16 November 2016 to 19 November 2017. Who can take the course? Everyone with online access can take this course, whether you are in school or college, at university, taking the course as a group, or following it on your own in your free time.

Date:
8 September 2016
  • Education
  • Hong Kong
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Training young Hong Kong journalists on human rights

Forty students in Hong Kong enrolled in a journalism programme centred on reporting on human rights. Over six months, they conducted investigations and produced original coverage from interviews and in-depth research. “I found the workshop on the death penalty very useful,” shares one of the participating students. “It helped me get a sense of the situation in Asia and around the globe. I could tap into the views of different stakeholders in depth through analysing different cases.

Date:
25 August 2016
  • Education
  • Kenya
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Changing attitudes to human rights, one debate at a time

Debating encourages constructive dialogue on human rights issues. It is a powerful way to deliver human rights education as it can fundamentally change the way people perceive an issue. Check out our educator’s 5-step guide to organizing a human rights debate, modelled on the national debate series in Kenya. Participating in a debate requires extensive knowledge of the different arguments around an issue.

Date:
4 August 2016
  • Education
  • Senegal
  • Women and Girls

Bringing communities together to uphold the rights of women living with disabilities

Dialogue sessions with local communities on human rights are finding solutions to end double discrimination faced by women living with physical disabilities in Senegal. A dozen women sit in front of the National Association for the Physically Handicapped (ANHM) in Thies, Senegal, after a dialogue session on discrimination. “Every day we face challenges,” shares Absa Seye a young woman who took part in the session.

Date:
20 July 2016
  • Education
  • South Africa
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

South African must end torture now

Today, 26 June, marks the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture - a day that is marked globally to reinforce our commitment to the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. For South Africans, this is a day that should have particular resonance. Torture was routinely used by the apartheid regime to punish and repress those opposed to its brutal and discriminatory policies and practices.

Date:
26 June 2016
  • Education
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Three ways schools and students across Europe are promoting refugee rights

The global refugee crisis has led to many initiatives, including responses from schools and students calling for greater respect for the rights of refugees. In support of World Refugee Day, educators show how students in different countries are raising awareness of the risks and difficulties faced by refugees. Questioning identities What does identity mean and what role does it play in the social construction we have of others? These questions were raised by Slovenian students at the annual event Path along the Wire, which commemorates the end of Ljubljana’s occupation during the Second World War.

Date:
22 June 2016
  • Education
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

6 free online courses to learn more about human rights

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have emerged as a powerful tool to access human rights education anywhere. In November 2015 Amnesty International launched its first MOOC in partnership with EdX, “Human Rights: The Right to Freedom of Expression,” which is currently accessible in archived format. The course was built for participants to learn how to defend their right to freedom of expression, wherever they come from.

Date:
15 June 2016
  • Education
  • Hungary
  • Discrimination

How to plan a flash mob against discrimination

There are many ways people take action for human rights, and flash mobs are a powerful way to raise awareness about discrimination and prejudices. Check out our educator’s step-by-step guide. On April 16, 140 young people joined Amnesty International Hungary’s biggest flash mob in Budapest to denounce hate crimes and discrimination. This came as the final event of a 14-month educational project organized with 14 after-school activity groups across the country.

Date:
2 June 2016
  • Education
  • Portugal
  • Refugees

How personal stories can enhance the way we teach human rights

How to present the challenges faced by refugees to a young audience so they can relate to someone else’s experience? If you’re a teacher and if you’ve ever considered starting a discussion on refugee rights with your class, you may have wondered this. We found out how a Human Rights Friendly School in Portugal uses personal testimonies to draw a more complete image of what it’s like to be a refugee. “We were settled, stable,” says Zacaria as he tells students about his life back in Syria.

Date:
12 May 2016
  • Education
  • Tunisia
  • Women's Rights

What difference does learning about your sexual and reproductive rights make in practice?

Making your own decisions about your health, your body and your sexual life are basic rights. But how do you claim these rights when everyone else around you thinks this is taboo? In Tunisia, activists have developed ways to break the silence about issues no one talks about. “When I first got involved in the My Body My Rights campaign, whenever I would try to raise the issue of sexual and reproductive rights, my friends would stop me or refuse to listen”, says Sabri, 23, activist at Amnesty International Tunisia.

Date:
28 April 2016
  • Education
  • Discrimination

Three education activities for young people to challenge discrimination

In support of the annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination that took place last week, educators from Amnesty International's education network have shared three activities on human rights to empower young people to help challenge racism, stereotypes and prejudice, understand the individuals and communities at risk, and the consequences of discrimination. 1. Racism revealed: using poster artwork to promote discussion on racism This resource includes a selection of 12 poster artwork created by international artists on the theme of racism.

Date:
29 March 2016
  • Education
  • Refugees

7 free short films about refugees recommended by human rights educators

Short films and videos can be useful conversation starters for teachers, educators, facilitators or anyone wishing to learn more about human rights. Here are seven freely available videos on the reality of life as a refugee, ranging from one to 16 minutes in length recommended by Amnesty International’s human rights education network. 1. People of nowhere In the short clip People of nowhere, Lior Sperandeo, who previously directed the series People of Mumbai, People of Nepal and People of Senegal looks at the human consequences of the Syrian conflict and the resulting populations’ displacements.

Date:
10 March 2016