Learn about human rights and how to support social justice
Human rights. They impact on everyone, everywhere, every day. We see, read and hear about human rights in the news – whether it's refugees, asylum seekers, racial or sex discrimination, rights and freedoms - and yet so many of us have never had the opportunity to learn about these rights in depth and to understand what we can do to support human rights.
Well, now's your chance to learn more and make a difference.
Amnesty International NSW invites you to attend a five part education series where you can learn about human rights, non-government organisations (NGOs), international law and campaigning. You'll also learn about the role Australia plays with regard to human rights in our global society. This is an outreach program intended to provide you with knowledge and skills to promote human rights and be a part of positive social change.
The five sessions in this education series are geared towards giving you a solid foundation in human rights issues and will feature guest speakers and presenters from the NGO sector, academics and local community groups as well as local Amnesty International representatives. There will also be workshops covering theoretical and practical skills to ensure participants are equipped to support Amnesty International's work.
Here's an outline of the sessions being offered:
Session 1 - NGO's, Society and You (Wednesday August 3) The focus of this session is on the interactions between human rights and NGO's. You'll learn more about their importance in society and how they are organised and operate. Amnesty International is one of the leading NGOs in the field of human rights and there are others which function to enhance and empower activism in the social justice sector.
Session 2 - Human Rights Internationally (Wednesday August 10) In this session, you'll learn how rights are formed and protected. The discussions during this session will give you a sound understanding of this topic as well as the opportunity for you to get more interactive. You'll learn about what human rights mean for us; the role that international law plays in the area of human rights; the part that Australia plays in protecting and adhering to these international laws.
Session 3 - Extra! Extra! Read All About It! (Wednesday August 17) Human rights in action. In this session, you'll learn about human rights campaigns and how they work. "Activism" may sound complicated and controversial but it's not. With the right techniques and advice which will be taught by the speakers for this session, you'll gain confidence in your ability to make a difference.
Session 4 - Campaigning Case Study - Community Is Everything (Wednesday August 24) The biggest campaign for the next four years focuses on indigenous youth in detention. Representatives from Amnesty Parramatta (and from the Warrawarra and Badanami centre for indigenous education) will help you to understand the issues and will discuss previous projects to provide greater insight into the difficulties, and positive impact, of activism and seeking action.
Session 5 - Campaigning and You! (Wednesday August 31) In this final session of the series, you'll participate in a practical session to give you greater motivation and confidence to support human rights. You'll learn more about how to get involved with local groups and Amnesty International. And you'll also have the opportunity to plan your own campaign in a highly interactive session which will be led by a representative of Amnesty International.
You can attend individual sessions only or you can attend the whole series. If you attend all five sessions, you'll leave with a certificate upon completion.
These sessions are open to all ages so don't miss this unique opportunity to learn more about something that you can support which has the potential to change lives and make the world a better place.
More information about this event and contact details can be found at the event website.
Where: Information & Cultural Exchange, 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta, 2150
When: Weekly commencing Wednesday, 3 August 2016 through to Wednesday, 31 August 2016 (each session runs from 6pm to 8pm) Cost: $5 per session or $20 for all five sessions