Get a head start on planing for O-Week 2019

Exams for 2018 have just finished and the new uni year feels so far away … but before you take a well earned break over the Summer, here’s a heads up about what to expect for O-Week and Semester 1 2019.

O-Week 2019 will be about taking action and standing in solidarity with four BRAVE human rights defenders. Brave women from around the world are risking it all to protect the rights of others.

A young woman with long, dark curly hair looks defiantly into the camera. Behind her we see the blurred outline of a playground in which there are young people playing.
Geraldine Chacón © Fabiola Ferrero/VII Mentor Program

Geraldine Chacón empowers young people in her home city to stand up for their rights. But she’s being hounded by the authorities just for trying to make her country a better place.

A woman wearing a brown top under a pair of denim dungarees looks towards the camera. She sits on a sofa with her hands clasped together in her lap.
Nonhle Mbuthuma © Amnesty International

Nonhle Mbuthuma is leading the fight for her community against a mining company that wants to mine titanium on their land. But she’s being harassed and threatened.

Vitalina Koval © Amnesty International

Vitalina Koval works hard to support local LGBTQI people in her community but she faces violent attacks and intimidation by far-right groups in Ukraine.

A woman wearing a green headscarf smiles at the camera. She is set against a leafy backdrop of trees.
Atena Daemi, an Iranian human rights defender and anti-death penalty campaigner © Private

Atena Daemi dreams of an end to the death penalty in Iran. Her simple and peaceful actions – posting on social media and handing out leaflets – were used as “evidence” to sentence her to seven years in prison.

 

What to watch out for?

Heading your way in early 2019 will be:

  • Semester 1 Campus Bulletin – a complete guide to bring BRAVE to your campus for O-Week, including campaign updates, activist resources, and all you need to know to get Semester 1 off to an awesome start.
  • Campus Training – if you’re a Campus Group Convenor, or taking the lead on O-Week plans, this is the training for you. Get the latest on BRAVE, as well as learning from Campus activists from around Australia about how they make O-Week work, share ideas, and set targets for impact.
  • Campus Handbook – your guide to campus activism for O-Week and beyond. Guides to keeping your group up and running, checklists, templates and more.

Got questions now? Get in touch with naomi.vaughan@amnesty.org.au or head into your Amnesty Action Centre