Want to lead Amnesty to it’s 2020 Vision?

Nominations are open for our third annual Activist Leadership Weekend. This year, the weekend will be hosted in Sydney over three big days: Friday 22 June to Sunday 24 June 2018.

Amnesty’s vision for 2020 is that we will be an unstoppable movement. Our activist leaders are the driving force behind our movement, and to grow our movement and impact we need more leaders supporting more activists. Are you one of our activist leaders or a future activist leader who will lead our movement?

We’re bringing together about 20 existing and potential leaders from around the country. Participants will participate in a variety of workshops to harness and develop leadership and strategic campaigning skills and participants will develop strategic plans which feed into each regional plan.

The aim of the weekend is to build on our grassroots leadership to realise our goals at a local, regional and national level.

Our Activist and Leadership Development Coordinator will host a weekend full of inspiration, training and planning. Campaign Coordinators will drop in to discuss our campaign strategies aimed at achieving human rights impact this year. Other staff and lead activists will be involved also. Stay tuned for more announcements as staff and special guest speakers are confirmed.

Who should apply?

Branch Committees and Organisers will nominate and encourage regional activists to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Any interested activists who meet the criteria should submit or complete an EOI form.

We have extended the date for submitting an EOI … it will close at 9am Wednesday 7 March, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by 19 March, 2018.

We are looking for:

  • Activists who may already be leaders and looking to build on their experience or move into a new leadership role in 2018.
  • Activists who are ready to take it to the next level in 2018 and 2019! If you are interested in becoming a regional leader in 2018 then please complete this Expression of Interest (EOI) form by 9am on 7 March.

What is the criteria for participants?

  • You must be available for three days from 10am Friday 22 June to 4pm 25 Sunday June.
  • You must have the time, availability and commitment to be a regional leader, including:
    • having 3 to 5 hours to dedicate each week;
    • being prepared to develop a succession plan for your current work and, with the help of your organiser or ASC, to recruit a person to replace you.
    • be prepared to take on a lead role in delivering your region’s plans over the next 12 months.
  • Applicants should have at least 1-2 years of experience with Amnesty.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to communicate with various audiences (interpersonal, oral and written)
  • Demonstrated commitment and eagerness to learn and build on activism skill-sets by participating in a minimum of three skill development workshops or attended at least one regional Social Change Lab.
  • Demonstrated local activism engagement such as, but not limited to two or more of these activities:
    • Organising event/s
    • Meeting with your local MP
    • Engaging local media
    • Development and coordination of a local strategy or campaign
    • Mentoring and/or training other activists
    • Working with or supporting other local activists to achieve activism goals

Next steps for activist leaders after the weekend

After building on your skills and developing a solid plan, our leaders will return to their regions and:

  • meet with your Branch Committee & Organiser to share your local strategic plan;
  • organise the implementation of this plan;
  • report back at regular intervals to your Branch Committee and Organiser on your plan’s progress; and
  • commit to sticking with your plan for a minimum of 12 months,.

How will we support successful applicants to be successful leaders?

Prior to the weekend we are hosting briefing sessions on Tuesday 20 February at 8pm AEDT, Thursday 22 February at 1pm AEDT and Wednesday 28 February at 8pm for potential participants, where we will outline what is expected before, on and after the weekend to ensure participants are well informed and able to commit to leadership.

After the weekend:

  • participants will share their strategy with Branch and Organiser
  • Organisers and Branch will support participants in employing their local strategy
  • participants will roll out their strategies
  • participants will report to the Branch Committee and Organiser each quarter on progress


All nominations should answer the criteria by completing this Expression of Interest (EOI) form by 9am Wednesday 7 March.

If you have questions talk with your Organiser or BC or attend one of the briefing sessions above.

Successful applicants will be notified by 19 March.

Want to know more about our 2020 Vision? Check it out here.