What is Amnesty International?
Amnesty international is a global human rights activist group who work to protect people wherever their human rights are being infringed. Human rights are the fundamental rights and freedoms that belong to everyone, regardless of age, gender or race and the Amnesty society aims to being this forth to Lincoln to create a safer environment for everyone.
The goal of the Amnesty international society, lead by 2021/22 second year Law student Abigail, is to teach people about their human rights and call out organisations who have abused their power and inflicted harm on other people’s human rights with the aim of creating a more equal society for all. Anyone is welcome to join as long as they have a passion for change, membership is free and you can look to our social medias to find out more and when our meetings will be; we have twitter, Instagram and Facebook, just type in UOL Amnesty International Society and we will add you to our group chat!
Everyone deserves to feel safe and valued, especially on campus and we have so many ideas planned on how to make this happen. Each month we will have a new theme where we will focus our agenda onto that topic, until January our theme is gender equality, however upcoming themes include the environment and race, which will be in February, as that is black history month. During our meetings, as well as being a fantastic place to meet new, like-minded friends and looking attractive to future employers on your CV; we will discuss current issues and ways we can improve them, organise educational talks where you can learn about human right infringement from first-hand experience, as well as the difference Amnesty can make to them and collaborate with other societies where our interests overlap, as well as the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent Amnesty international societies.
But how can such a global charity be relevant to Lincoln? Taking our current theme of gender for example, we are aiming to contact local bars and clubs regarding the recent drink spiking outbreak to find out what is being done, inform students of the safety measures put into place and pressure businesses to do more in places they are lacking so that everyone can feel safe. We will also be petitioning to keep street lights on and bright throughout the night, so that no one feels at risk walking home. Aside from this, we will also explore and discuss the way gender inequality is present in everyday life, not just for women but also how gender inequality can negatively effect men.
Be sure to follow our social media as it will be full of both educational and useful information on current issues, such as how to spot signs of spiking or ways you can support Amnesty in everyday life and when our first meet and greet session will be!