Tired of seeing endless photos of food and gym selfies on your Instagram account? Well, it doesn't have to be that way!
Amnesty Australia Intern Amie Hamling has compiled a list of the most inspiring Instagram accounts to follow for human rights activists.
1. National Geographic
The visuals are beyond amazing. National Geographic use their Instagram account to "inspire people to care about the planet" and the people living on it. It’s no wonder 6.6 million people follow @natgeo, with daily posts ranging from UN World Food Program missions in Sierra Leone to Israel/Palestine protesters in downtown Seattle.
Following this account is a learning experience. An insight into the world from an environmental standpoint and a humanitarian one, giving users an everyday glimpse into the lives of refugees, child soldiers and strange traditions.
2. Human Rights Campaign
When Human Rights Campaign (HRC) asked their Instagram followers to post their pictures of equality using the hashtag #time4marriage and a red plus sign, they reached people in the LGBT community far and wide, inspiring a movement of people taking a stand for marriage equality.
HRC use real people – and cute babies and dogs – to promote their cause. Even Victoria’s Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes jumped on board to promote their campaign for LGBT equality in Russia on her Instagram account.
3. UN Refugees
Individuals are the focus of the UN Refugee Agency’s Instagram account. Images of refugees tell a story, shock and inspire. Accompanying each photograph is a beautifully written paragraph (or a quote embedded on the image) sharing the person’s experience and using hashtags and links to allow users to follow the story elsewhere.
4. UN Women
The Instagram account was launched with their #orangeurworld campaign to end violence against women and girls. Infographics are their key statement, showing users the facts with the images.
5. Half The Sky Movement
In the same style as the UN Women posts, the Half The Sky Movement – named after the best-selling book by humanitarian couple Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn – take to Instagram to show just how important it is for women to have equal rights and opportunity.
How do they get their message across? A quote from famous people who happen to be feminists, of course. In March, the #sheinspires hashtag featured and celebrated celebrity women’s advocates, such as Olivia Wilde, Angelina Jolie and America Ferrera. It’s clear from their Instagram feed: women hold up half the sky.
6. Malala Fund
What could be more inspirational than the official Instagram account of Malala Yousafzai herself? We are reminded of her personal sacrifice for women’s rights through her video messages of gratitude and delegations with other activists. Her youth shines through celebrations from her seventeen birthday, playing soccer at the Zaatari refugee camp and a repost of support from Disney star Selena Gomez.
Through a hashtag, OzHarvest are feeding Australians in need. Partnering with Virgin Australia, the #mealforameal campaign encourages Instagram users to "Snap, Tag and Feed" by posting a typical #instafood photo and OzHarvest will deliver a meal to someone who really needs it.
Follow their journey of feeding the vulnerable and reducing food wastage. Contribute your own photo of your Instagram-worthy food pic and make sure you tag it with #mealforameal to feed Australia.
8. Amnesty International
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