Your Guide During the Pandemic

In times like these, we find out what holds us together as a community. As the Amnesty International Australia movement, we will continue to work together to help make this planet a safer, more inclusive, and more compassionate place to live.

As Australia and the rest of the world respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will find new and creative ways to care for ourselves, our loved ones, and our local and global communities.

If you’re ready to get started, here are some simple things you can do to spread some #ViralKindness, and make the world a little bit brighter during this difficult time:

Look After Yourself

  • First of all, it’s important for you to take care of yourself. You can stay up-to-date with the latest advice from the Australian Government here
  • You can also check out these Beyond Blue tips for looking after your mental health
  • If you’re planning to stay at home, this Guardian article has some ideas on how to keep yourself and others happy and healthy!

Look After Your Loved Ones

  • Help keep your loved ones safe and connected by phoning or messaging them regularly, and give them the opportunity to ask for assistance if they need it
  • Video conferencing can also be a good way to connect with family and friends that you may not be able to visit at the moment. Get a free account at https://zoom.us/
  • If your friends and family need extra resources, you can also share the current advice from the Australian Government or mental health tips from Beyond Blue

Look After Your Neighbours

  • If you use social media, you could join or create a local support group through Facebook, WhatsApp, Google Docs, or the Nextdoor app. Check out this ABC article on how to get the most out of these groups

Viral Kindness Card

  • You can support people self-isolating in their homes by offering to assist them with errands. Download and print this handy card, and leave it in your neighbours’ letterboxes to let them know you’re around! (Credit: Becky Wass)

Look After Your Global Community

  • All over the world, people continue to face persecution for standing up for human rights, including for calling for action on climate change. Check out this page to learn about these cases and take action
  • While we practice social distancing, there are a number of free online tools to help keep us in touch! Video conferencing platforms like Zoom can be used for online meetings and events. Register your free account at https://zoom.us/  
  • Do you want your activism to have greater impact? Want to know how to run a great local campaign? Our training modules will help you develop skills that will not only make you a great activist but help you in other parts of your life: skill up now
  • Join our Flowers4Yasaman online origami-thon on 21 March from 2.30pm to 3.30pm (AEDT) via Zoom on https://amnestyau.zoom.us/j/601434227. These simple yet beautiful paper origami “Freedom Flowers” will be sent to the Iranian Embassy in support of imprisoned women’s rights activist Yasaman Aryani, who remains at grave risk in Evin prison. RSVP here

Thank you for everything you do to make the world a brighter place. Stay safe and stay connected to each other. Together, we can do this!