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My name is Jens: Movie about trans experience wins young filmmakers award

Amnesty Sweden runs the largest human rights documentary film festival for and by young filmmakers in Sweden. On the festival’s 10th anniversary in April, over 300 people attended the screening and more than 3,000 teachers are using the movies as teaching materials. Hanna Larson, this year’s 19 year-old winner of the Audience Prize for her film ‘My name is Jens’ (Jag är Jens), tells us about her experience at the festival.

Date:
28 May 2015
  • Education
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

10 Best Human Rights Videos

Our global Human Rights Education Network stands by the use of short videos as a powerful complement to learn about human rights. They can inform us, challenge our way of thinking and inspire us to take action to defend and promote our human rights. We’ve compiled a list from our global Network’s recommendations of what we loosely believe are the ‘10 Best Human Rights Videos’, from the ones we know, though what is ‘best’ for human rights educators always depends on the context, topic and your audience – let us know on Facebook if you have videos to share! They can be used by teachers and educators and people who want to learn more about human rights.

Date:
14 May 2015
  • Education
  • Portugal
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

When classmates take education into their own hands, confidence and grades go up

When students in a school in Lisbon, Portugal saw their schoolmates struggling, they took matters into their own hands, offering the support needed to raise their confidence and grades. We spoke to two schoolgirls, both named Ana, who demonstrate how giving students the space to make human rights real in their own schools, improves conditions for everyone. When Ana Nunes, and her friend Ana Moura, both 17 years old, heard that some 12 year-old students in their school could no longer attend an optional after-school study class because of bad behaviour and lack of commitment, they came up with an idea.

Date:
5 May 2015
  • Education
  • Mexico
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Equal, but not the same: 13 year old students direct movies to explore gender inequality in Mexico

Amnesty Mexico shows the difference it makes if you put primary school students in the director’s chair, rather than sit them passive in the audience. They set up a Short Film Festival on Gender Equality to encourage school students to reflect on and communicate their thoughts on equality by writing and directing their own short movies. For eight months, 13 year old students at Colegio Alexander Bain’s primary school in Mexico City used a professional software program, rather than a textbook, to explore gender inequality issues, resulting in the production of six original movies on the subject.

Date:
16 April 2015
  • Education
  • Austria
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

“I learnt to be part of the group, instead of always leading” – Amnesty Austria’s Leadership Programme

When driven young activists requested training, Amnesty Austria answered the call. Smaranda shares her experience of the Leadership Programme, which has been turning inspired Amnesty activists into leaders for the human rights movement for the last five years. “I’m always participating in projects. Before I joined the programme I had already been at Amnesty for a year,” says Smaranda eagerly, a young activist who took part in Amnesty Austria’s 2014 Leadership Programme.

Date:
10 April 2015
  • Education
  • Belgium
  • Women and Girls

Activists lay themselves bare for sexual and reproductive rights

Amnesty Belgium has brought human rights home to young people in Belgium through a whole series of events in 2014 which has inspired some unusual and thought-provoking activism, including teachers baring their skin, and young people sharing their taboo experiences in public spaces. Teachers strip for human rights “We live in a culture where bodies are constantly being exposed but there is still a lot of taboo when it comes to rights issues.

Date:
16 March 2015
  • Education
  • Zimbabwe
  • Domestic Violence

“I have rights too!" Using theatre to end domestic violence in Zimbabwe

Ending violence in the home is an issue for the whole community – women and men in Harare, Zimbabwe are using theatre to claim their rights to live free of domestic violence. Hazel is 28 years old. She lives in Hopley Farm settlement in the country’s capital Harare, with her three children, in an area characterized by high incidents of unemployment, social and housing problems. Hazel (which is not her real name) was moved to tears the moment she realized that domestic violence is punishable by the Zimbabwean law.

Date:
20 February 2015
  • Education
  • Moldova
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Amnesty Moldova wins awards for national TV series on how to claim human rights

Amnesty Moldova awarded six prizes in the prestigious “Best TV Project Awards” for their documentary series on Human Rights “Moldova is a country with a soviet heritage. Our research shows human rights are not well understood here, either people are not aware of their rights or they don’t know how to react when they are being violated,” says Violeta Terguta, Media and PR Officer at Amnesty Moldova. “We managed to adjust to people’s needs by offering very practical documentaries that give people the tools to fight human rights violations, and fill their human rights knowledge gap.

Date:
9 February 2015
  • Education
  • United Kingdom
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

UK Youth Awards recognise young talent for human rights activism

Imagine a one day event which brings young people around the UK together to showcase their abilities in reporting, photography, fundraising, campaigning, song writing and performing- all for human rights. Now, imagine an entire year where classrooms across the country are filled with students researching, learning and preparing human rights articles, songs, photographs and events – this is what the Human Rights Education team at Amnesty UK has been working into reality.

Date:
30 January 2015
  • Education
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Women and Girls

When sex is taboo - Mali, Mexico, Morocco and Switzerland

When it comes to talking about sex and reproduction, the doors can close quite quickly depending on where you are. In El Salvador for instance, changing people’s views on abortion seems impossible: it’s illegal there and most people are against it. Around 95% of people surveyed there in 2012 opposed abortion for women who didn’t feel ready to have a child. Shifting public opinion in cases like this is hard, but not impossible – if you let young people do the talking.

Date:
1 September 2014
  • Education
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Women and Girls

‘Everyone is master of their own body’ says International Member - Romania

Faced with a large empty room in front of her, Ionela is feeling nervous about the day ahead. She chose this setting because she thought it would have a warm and cozy atmosphere. Her aim was to create a comfortable space for 25 young people to start discussing their sexual and reproductive rights. It was a big room to fill, and Ionela was losing her voice as she was also not feeling 100% well. She was starting to question herself and her bold decision to organise this event.

Date:
26 August 2014
  • Education
  • Nepal
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

In the fight against torture, one size will not fit all

On International Youth Day, Swechhya Sangroula, shares her motivations in joining the international group of young people mobilizing youth across the world to understand and take part in the Stop Torture campaign. Namaste! My name is Swechhya and I am from Nepal – the land of diversity, and a believer of peaceful coexistence. I have lived practically all my life in Kathmandu, the capital city and I was fortunate enough not to be directly affected by the atrocities of the decade-long armed conflict in Nepal that ended in 2006 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord.

Date:
12 August 2014
  • Education
  • Americas
  • Women and Girls

Sexual and Reproductive Rights 'Not Just A Women's Issue"- Mexico

Amnesty International Mexico is using human rights education to create spaces for young people in Mexico to share knowledge and opinions on sexual and reproductive rights, resulting in young men realizing it’s not just a ‘women’s issue’, young people deciding enough is enough and that these rights affect all parts of society. Bridging the disconnect In a move to tackle the disconnect between global human rights violations and everyday concerns, Amnesty International Mexico has held several ‘Hablemos en voz alta’ (Speaking Out) workshops this year.

Date:
30 July 2014
  • Education
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Women and Girls

Youth take to the streets for My Body My Rights campaign- Switzerland

Amnesty youth groups in Switzerland get creative performing live on the streets of Neuchâtel to engage the public on sexual and reproductive rights and launch the My Body My Rights campaign in a uniquely theatrical way. Bad weather couldn’t stop these determined activists! Youth take the lead Young people working with Amnesty Switzerland were determined to mark the launch of the My Body My Rights campaign in a unique way, so they decided to ‘take the message to the streets’ and perform street theatre on the importance of sexual and reproductive rights.

Date:
30 July 2014
  • Education
  • Mali
  • Maternal Health and Reproductive Rights

"You have to be brave. Do not be afraid to speak about sexuality"- Mali

Amnesty International Mali tackled the sensitive topic of sexual and reproductive rights by using human rights education to enable young people to create a comfortable space in which to discuss taboo issues with their peers, leading not just to talk, but to music and song. My Body My Rights’ by young Malian musician, Aly Traoré The Challenge: starting a dialogue on an ignored topic For Amnesty International Mali, there was a challenge in holding an event on sexual and reproductive rights, as they found that many of the schools they worked with had largely ignored the topic.

Date:
30 July 2014
  • Education
  • Africa
  • Sexual Violence

Communities turn their backs on female genital mutilation – Sierra Leone

While activists gather in London today to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking an innovative approach towards ending the brutal practice. As several dozen women sat in a circle in the Chiefdom of Masungbala in North West Sierra Leone, discussing their stories of horror and pain, the male community leaders shared their own views in a separate group.

Date:
24 July 2014