Fifteen years ago, a young man named Witek met a young woman named Joanna at a festival in Warsaw, Poland. Joanna had just returned from traveling through Africa, where she’d seen activists organising 24-hour marathon events to protest government’s abusing human rights.
Witek invited Joanna to a meeting of his local Amnesty action group, and they decided to organise their own 24-hour marathon.
Every year since, tens of thousands of Amnesty supporters, all around the world, have taken millions of actions to combat injustice.
In 2018 we will take action for women persecuted because they stood up and spoke out for human rights; women in prison because they attended a peaceful protest in Iran, attacked with acid because the stood up for LGBTQI rights in Ukraine, and murdered because the stood up for human rights in Brazil.
Brave women around the world are risking it all to protect the rights of others. Take an action, sign a petition or send a tweet. Your words have the power to free people from human rights abuses. Will you join us in defending them?