Kumi Naidoo is a lifelong social justice campaigner. This is his first visit to Australia in his new role as Secretary General of Amnesty International.
He will begin his visit on Mparntwe country in Alice Springs and join us on Kaurna country in Adelaide on 18 June to deliver the 2019 Amnesty Oration at the Hawke Centre, on the theme of ‘Human rights in a time of intolerance and hate’.
We have the unique opportunity to meet with Kumi for morning tea on the morning of the 18th – so please RSVP to join us!
To give you a bit of background about Kumi:
Kumi’s community activism began in apartheid South Africa. As a teenager, Kumi was expelled from school for organising anti-apartheid protests, forced underground and then into exile. Meanwhile, his older brother languished in prison for his resistance to apartheid.
Kumi returned to South Africa as the regime began to crumble. During this transition, the country experienced the highest levels of political violence. Undaunted, Kumi worked on adult literacy and voter education programs.
Kumi has held multiple leadership roles, including Chair of the Global Call for Climate Action, Founding Chair of the Global Call to Action against Poverty, Co-founder of Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity, and Executive Director of Greenpeace International. These experiences inform his role as leader of the world’s largest human rights organisation, Amnesty International.
He can’t wait to meet you!